Ain't That Peculiar
|"Ain't That Peculiar"|
|Single by Marvin Gaye|
|from the album Moods of Marvin Gaye|
|B-side||"She's Got to Be Real"|
|Released||September 14, 1965|
|Recorded||Hitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan; May 5 & 12, 1965|
|Genre||Soul, pop, R&B|
|Songwriter(s)||Pete Moore, William "Smokey" Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marv Tarplin|
|Marvin Gaye singles chronology|
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.
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. 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".
- A cover by all-female rock band Fanny on their 1972 album Fanny Hill reached number 85 the Billboard Hot 100.
- A cover by R&B singer Stevie Woods reached number 54 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles in 1984.
- A cover by New Grass Revival peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986.
- Lead vocals by Marvin Gaye
- Background vocals by The Andantes: Marlene Barrow, Jackie Hicks and Louvain Demps
- Drums by Uriel Jones
- Guitar by Marv Tarplin
- Other instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225.
- Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
- Motown drummer Uriel Jones dies in Michigan Reuters 25 March 2009
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