Mabel John was the very first female signed by Berry Gordy to Motown's Tamla label. When in Detroit, she had taken a job as an insurance representative at Friendship Mutual Insurance Agency, a company run by Berry Gordy's mother, Bertha. After Mable left the company and spent two years at Lewis Business College, she subsequently ran into Mrs. Gordy again, who told Mable that her son Berry was writing songs and was looking for people to record them. Gordy began coaching her and would accompany John on piano at local engagements. This continued until 1959, when John performed at the Flame Show bar on John R Street at the last show that Billie Holiday did in Detroit, just weeks before Holiday's death. Mable really holds a legendary place in the history of R&B! This Mabel John autograph check reproduction would look fabulous in a collection or display.