Ain't That Peculiar

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"Ain't That Peculiar"
Ain't That Peculiar cover.jpg
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album Moods of Marvin Gaye
B-side"She's Got to Be Real"
ReleasedSeptember 14, 1965
RecordedHitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan; May 5 & 12, 1965
GenreSoul, pop, R&B
Songwriter(s)Pete Moore, William "Smokey" Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marv Tarplin
Producer(s)Smokey Robinson
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"Pretty Little Baby"
"Ain't That Peculiar"
"One More Heartache"

"Ain't That Peculiar" is a 1965 song recorded by American soul musician Marvin Gaye for the Tamla (Motown) label.


The single was produced by Smokey Robinson, and written by Robinson, and fellow Miracles members Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin. "Ain't That Peculiar" features Gaye, with The Andantes on backing vocals, singing about the torment of a painful relationship.

Chart success[edit]

The single was Gaye's second U.S. million seller successfully duplicating its predecessor "I'll Be Doggone", from earlier in 1965 by topping Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in the fall of 1965, peaking at #8 on the US Pop Singles chart.[1] It became one of Gaye's signature 1960s recordings, and was his best-known solo hit before 1968's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine".

Cover versions[edit]



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  5. ^ Motown drummer Uriel Jones dies in Michigan Reuters 25 March 2009

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