That's the Way Love Is (The Isley Brothers song)

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"That's the Way Love Is"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album M.P.G./That's the Way Love Is
Released August 7, 1969
Recorded 1969, Hitsville U.S.A.
Genre Soul, psychedelic soul, funk
Length 3:35
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"That's the Way Love Is"
"What's Going On"

"That's the Way Love Is" is a 1967 Tamla (Motown) single recorded by The Isley Brothers and produced by Norman Whitfield, later covered in a 1969 hit version by Marvin Gaye.

The single was his third consecutive million-selling solo hit after "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" written by Whitfield and Barrett Strong. Whitfield took the up-tempo Isley Brothers record, and turned it into a slowed-down psychedelic soul opus. Like "Grapevine", the song is sung by an emotionally wrought Gaye, singing the song in a preacher-like tone, who tells a woman to "forget" her lover now that that lover has gone off to someone else.

The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard pop singles chart and held the #2 spot for five weeks on the soul singles chart in October 1969, eventually selling a million copies. The Temptations also covered the song as a B-side of "Psychedelic Shack" and released on their 1969 album Puzzle People.

The song was covered for the 1991 Alan Parker film The Commitments.


Isley Brothers version[edit]

Marvin Gaye version[edit]

Temptations version[edit]

The Commitments version[edit]

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