Marvin Gaye 1962/1964

1962

American music artist Marvin Gaye released 25 studio albums, 4 live albums, 1 soundtrack album, 24 compilation albums and 83 singles. In 1961 Gaye signed a recording contract with Tamla Records, owned by Motown. The first release under the label was The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye. Gaye’s first album to chart was a duet album with Mary Wells titled Together, peaking at number forty-two on the Billboard pop album chart. His 1965 album, Moods of Marvin Gaye, became his first album to reach the top ten of the R&B album charts and spawned four hit singles. Gaye recorded more than thirty hit singles for Motown throughout the 1960s, becoming established as “the Prince of Motown”. Gaye topped the charts in 1968 with his rendition of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, while his 1969 album, M.P.G., became his first number one R&B album. Gaye’s landmark album, 1971’s What’s Going On became the first album by a solo artist to launch three top ten singles, including the title track. His 1973 single, “Let’s Get It On”, topped the charts while its subsequent album reached number two on the charts becoming his most successful Motown album to date. In 1982, after 21 years with Motown, Gaye signed with Columbia Records and issued Midnight Love, which included his most successful single to date, “Sexual Healing”. Following his death in 1984, three albums were released posthumously while some of Gaye’s landmark works were re-issued.

Gaye recorded sixty seven charted singles on the Billboard charts, with forty-one reaching the top forty, eighteen reaching the top ten and three peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Sixty of his singles reached the top forty of the R&B charts, with thirty-eight of those reaching the top ten and thirteen peaking at number one. Gaye also had success in international charts, his biggest success in sales and chart positions peaking in the UK while achieving modest success in other countries.

1963

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Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album That Stubborn Kinda Fellow
Released May 1963
Format 7″ single
Recorded September 12, 1962; Hitsville, USA; Detroit, Michigan
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:05
Label Tamla T-54079
Writer Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye
William “Mickey” Stevenson
Producer William “Mickey” Stevenson
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
“Hitch Hike”
(1962) “Pride & Joy”
(1963) “Can I Get a Witness”
(1963)
“Pride and Joy” is a 1963 single by Marvin Gaye,[1] released on the Tamla label. The single, co-written by William “Mickey” Stevenson, Gaye and Norman Whitfield, and produced by Stevenson, was considered to be a tribute to Gaye’s then-girlfriend, Anna Gordy.

The song was also the third straight (and last) single to include Martha and the Vandellas in background vocals just weeks before “Heat Wave” made the girl group one of the high-tier Motown acts.

The song was also Gaye’s first top ten pop single peaking at number ten on the chart and just missed the top spot of the R&B singles chart peaking at number two. The song also helped continue Gaye’s successful hit streak as the singer would score another Top 40 pop hit at the end of that year with “Can I Get a Witness”.

The album version of the single featured on Gaye’s second album, That Stubborn Kinda Fellow is different in parts to the single version presenting a more jazz effect than the gospel-emulated version that became a single.

The Jackson 5 covered the song for the G.I.T.: Get It Together outtake in 1973, which would be released in 1976 on their compilation album Joyful Jukebox Music.

When The Beatles first arrived in New York City in 1964, they requested Murray the K play the song on his radio station.[citation needed]

1964

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Studio album by Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells
Released April 15, 1964
Recorded February – April 1963 at Hitsville U.S.A. (Detroit, Michigan)
Genre Soul
Length 28.25
Label Motown
Producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, Clarence Paul
Marvin Gaye chronology
Greatest Hits
(1963) Together
(1964) Hello Broadway
(1964)
Mary Wells chronology
Greatest Hits
(1964) Together
(1964) Mary Wells
(1965)
Singles from Together
“Once Upon a Time” / “What’s the Matter with You Baby”
Released: 1964
Together is the first and only studio album released by the duo team of American Motown artists Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells. It was released on the Motown label on April 15, 1964. The album brought together the rising star Gaye with Wells, an established star with a number-one pop hit to her name (1964’s “My Guy”), singing mostly standards and show tunes, in the hopes that Gaye would benefit from the exposure.

This album became the first charted album credited to Gaye, peaking at number forty-two on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and yielding two top twenty singles, “Once Upon a Time” and “What’s the Matter with You Baby”. Shortly afterwards, Wells, who received bad advice from her former husband and manager, left Motown upon reaching twenty-one. The label had to find another duet partner for Gaye, enlisting Kim Weston for one album, Take Two, also consisting of similar material, but later yielding a longer-lasting pairing of Gaye with Tammi Terrell, with more contemporary material.

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