Marvin Gaye – Ain’t That Peculiar – TMG 539
Perhaps this was the record that sealed Marvin Gaye’s place in the top echelons of Motown’s stars. The transition from drummer to artist was complete with this song written by Smokey Robinson and the rest of the Miracles who had stuck pretty closely to the formula set by this team’s previous release, I’ll be Doggone.
He was nowhere near the creative peaks of his 1970’s albums yet, but the foundations had been laid and the concrete set solid with this great single.
Marvin Gaye – Pretty Little Baby – TMG 524
This soul-soaked ballad was sadly overlooked in August 1965 on its release and because of it’s zero dance appeal, has been virtually ignored ever since. It has appeared on a few anthology and compilation CDs in recent years, but is overshadowed by Marvin’s later and much bigger hits.
Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 — April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.
This song wasc o-written by Marvin Gaye, Clarence Paul and David Hamilton and produced by Clarence Paul.
Lyrically, the song described the narrator’s longing and pleading to his woman to not leave his side after the two had an argument. Marvin was accompanied by the Motown House backing vocalists The Andantes with instrumentation by The Funk Brothers.
Although failing to dent the UK chart, it was a US hit, but surprisingly, never appeared on an album until the release of his Anthology album nearly ten years later.
Marvin Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and his landmark duets with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company. Gaye’s later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul.