I'll Be Doggone
|"I'll Be Doggone"|
|Single by Marvin Gaye|
|from the album Moods of Marvin Gaye|
|Released||February 26, 1965|
|Recorded||January 21, 23 & 29, 1965 Hitsville, USA (Studio A), Detroit, Michigan|
|Songwriter(s)||William "Smokey" Robinson
|Producer(s)||William "Smokey" Robinson|
|Marvin Gaye singles chronology|
"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".
- Lead vocals by Marvin Gaye
- Background vocals by The Miracles (Claudette Rogers Robinson, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, and Bobby Rogers) & The Andantes (Marlene Barrow, Jackie Hicks and Louvain Demps)
- Guitar by Marv Tarplin of The Miracles
- Other instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
- Paul Revere & the Raiders covered the song in their 1966 studio album Just Like Us!.
- In 1973, Penny DeHaven released a Country version on a single only (Billboard country chart #67).
- Albert King covered the song on his 1972 album I'll Play the Blues for You.
- Twiggy covered it 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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