Pretty Little Baby

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"Pretty Little Baby"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album Anthology
B-side Now That You've Won Me
Released June 18, 1965
Recorded November 5, 7, & 17 and December 22, 1964
Hitsville USA, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Pop/soul
Length 2:37
Label Tamla
T 54117
Writer(s) Marvin Gaye
David Hamilton
Clarence Paul
Producer(s) Clarence Paul
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"I'll Be Doggone"
"Pretty Little Baby"
"Ain't That Peculiar"

"Pretty Little Baby" is a 1965 single released by soul singer Marvin Gaye on the Tamla label.[1]

Co-written by Gaye, Clarence Paul and David Hamilton and produced by Paul, the song described the narrator's longing and pleading to his woman to not leave his side after the two had an argument.

The song was originally written and recorded as a psychedelic holiday song called Purple Snowflakes. This version was eventually shelved and wouldn't be released until 1992, when it was released on the Motown Christmas compilation Christmas In the City.

The song was Marvin's second Top 40 single of 1965 after the success of his first number-one Billboard hit, "I'll Be Doggone".[1][2][3]

A non-album track until the release of his Anthology album nearly ten years later, this song was a top forty success for Gaye peaking at number sixteen on the R&B chart and number twenty-five pop.



  1. ^ a b The Complete Motown Singles Vol 4: 1964 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225. 

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