I'll Be Doggone

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"I'll Be Doggone"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album Moods of Marvin Gaye
Released February 26, 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded January 21, 23 & 29, 1964 Hitsville, USA (Studio A), Detroit, Michigan
Genre Soul/pop
Length 2:50
Label Tamla
Writer(s) William "Smokey" Robinson
Warren Moore
Marvin Tarplin
Producer(s) William "Smokey" Robinson
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"
(1964)
"I'll Be Doggone"
(1965)
"Pretty Little Baby"
(1965)

"I'll Be Doggone" is a 1965 song recorded by American soul singer Marvin Gaye and released on the Tamla label. The song talks about how a man tells his woman that he'll be "doggone" about simple things but if she did him wrong that he'd be "long gone".

It became his first million-selling record and his first number-one single on the R&B chart, staying there for two weeks, and was the first song Gaye recorded with Smokey Robinson as one of the songwriters of the record. The song was co-written by Robinson's fellow Miracles members Pete Moore and Marv Tarplin.The Miracles also sang background on this recording,along with Motown's long-standing female back-up group, The Andantes,and Miracle Marv Tarplin played lead guitar. "I'll Be Doggone" gave Marvin his third top-ten pop hit, where it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, with that number matched by his follow-up record, "Ain't That Peculiar".[1]

Paul Revere & the Raiders covered the song in their 1966 studio album Just Like Us!. It was also covered by Twiggy in her album "Please Get My Name Right" (1977).

Bob Weir covered the song on his 1978 solo album Heaven Help The Fool. He also performed it live with his band frequently during that time.

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225. 

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