Ain't That Peculiar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Ain't That Peculiar"
Ain't That Peculiar cover.jpg
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album Moods of Marvin Gaye
B-side"She's Got to Be Real"
ReleasedSeptember 14, 1965
RecordedHitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan; May 5 & 12, 1965
GenreSoul, pop, R&B
Songwriter(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.

Billboard said that "penetrating hard-drive dance beat backs another soulful, first-rate Gaye performance."[1] Cash Box described it as a "rollicking, rhythmic pop-blues romantic handclapper about a love-struck fella who can’t get along without his gal."[2]

Chart success[edit]

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 number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] 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]



  1. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). Billboard. October 2, 1965. p. 16. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  2. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. October 2, 1965. p. 12. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2020-05-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Stevie Woods". Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  7. ^ "Motown drummer Uriel Jones dies in Michigan". 25 March 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2022.