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||14 September 1965|
|Recorded||Hitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan; 1965|
|Genre||Soul, pop rock, R&B|
|Writer(s)||Pete Moore, William "Smokey" Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Ronald White|
|Marvin Gaye singles chronology|
"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 Ronald White, 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 New Grass Revival peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986.
- Japan covered the song for their Gentlemen Take Polaroids album in 1980. The song also appeared as the b-side to their "Nightporter" single in 1982.
- Lead vocals by Marvin Gaye
- Background vocals by The Andantes: Marlene Barrow, Jackie Hicks and Louvain Demps
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers and Marvin Tarplin of The Miracles (guitars).
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