Ain't That Peculiar

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"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
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan; May 5 & 12, 1965
Genre Soul, pop, R&B
Length 2:50
Label Tamla
Writer(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.

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]

  • A cover by the English group, Japan was included on their 1980 album Gentlemen Take Polaroids. It was later issued as a B-side to their 1982 hit "Nightporter".
  • Washington, DC-based Hip Hop producer and MC, Oddisee, remixed the song for his Odd Renditions Vol. 001 EP from 2012. The remix features various samples of Marvin Gaye's original vocal track, only, re-mixed with new melody and rhythm tracks.

°A cover version appeared on John Waite's 1985 "Mask of Smiles" album.



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 
  3. ^ Motown drummer Uriel Jones dies in Michigan Reuters 25 March 2009

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Preceded by
"Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
November 27, 1965
Succeeded by
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown and The Famous Flames