Moods of Marvin Gaye

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Moods of Marvin Gaye
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 23, 1966
Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit
ProducerSmokey Robinson, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Clarence Paul
Marvin Gaye chronology
A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole
Moods of Marvin Gaye
Take Two (with Kim Weston)
Singles from Moods of Marvin Gaye
  1. "Ain't That Peculiar"
    Released: September 14, 1965
  2. "One More Heartache"
    Released: January 31, 1966
  3. "Take This Heart of Mine"
    Released: May 5, 1966
  4. "Little Darling (I Need You)"
    Released: July 26, 1966
  5. "Your Unchanging Love"
    Released: June 13, 1967

Moods of Marvin Gaye is the seventh studio album by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label in 1966.

The album's plan was to establish the singer as a strong albums-oriented artist, as well as a hit maker, although Gaye was still uncomfortable with performing strictly R&B. He had begun work on a standards album around this time after meeting musician Bobby Scott. However, sessions were unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, Gaye would successfully complete a standards album only in his later years, an album which would be released posthumously (That album would be Vulnerable released in 1997). For the time being, Gaye was winning more fans and had become a crossover teen idol. Six songs from Moods of Marvin Gaye were released as singles: impressively, all reached the Top 40 on the R&B singles chart and four of them reached the Top 40 on the Pop Singles Chart, a rare feat for a solo R&B artist even at that time.

Gaye also scored his first two #1 R&B singles, "I'll Be Doggone" and "Ain't That Peculiar", both co-written by Gaye's friend, Berry Gordy's right-hand man Smokey Robinson.

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Track listing[edit]

Side One
1."I'll Be Doggone"Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin2:47
2."Little Darling (I Need You)"Holland–Dozier–Holland2:35
3."Take This Heart of Mine"Moore, Robinson, Tarplin2:49
4."Hey Diddle Diddle"Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, Gaye2:30
5."One More Heartache"Moore, Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Tarplin, Ronald White2:42
6."Ain't That Peculiar"Moore, Robinson, Rogers, Tarplin3:00
Side Two
7."Night Life"Walt Breeland, Paul Buskirk, Willie Nelson3:05
8."You've Been a Long Time Coming"Holland-Dozier-Holland2:13
9."Your Unchanging Love"Holland-Dozier-Holland3:13
10."You're the One For Me"Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Stevie Wonder3:24
11."I Worry 'Bout You"Norman Mapp3:24
12."One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer4:30