Once Upon a Time (Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells song)

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"Once Upon a Time"
Single by Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells
from the album Together
B-side "What's the Matter with You Baby"
Released 1964
Genre Pop, rhythm and blues
Length 2:32
Label Motown
Songwriter(s) Clarence Paul
Barney Ales
Dave Hamilton
William "Mickey" Stevenson
Producer(s) Mickey Stevenson

"Once Upon a Time" is a 1964 single released by Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells from their sole duet album, Together.[1][2]

Written by Clarence Paul, Barney Ales, Dave Hamilton and William "Mickey" Stevenson, the song discussed how the two narrators felt lonely until they met each other referring to their past as it happened "once upon a time".

The song brought simultaneous top forty pop success for the duo as the single hit number nineteen while its b-side, "What's the Matter with You Baby" peaked at number seventeen on the pop singles chart.[2][3] The song's co-writer, Dave Hamilton, plays the vibraharp solo.



  1. ^ What's the Matter with You Baby at Discogs
  2. ^ a b The Complete Motown Singles Vol 4: 1964 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  3. ^ Allmusic review