Too Busy Thinking About My Baby

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"Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album M.P.G.
B-side "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)"
Released April 1969
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); 1969
Genre Soul
Length 2:55
Label Tamla
T 54181
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
Janie Bradford
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"
"That's the Way Love Is"

"Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" is a Motown song written by Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong, and Janie Bradford. The song was first recorded by The Temptations as a track on their 1966 album Gettin' Ready. Eddie Kendricks sings lead on the recording, which was produced by Whitfield. Jimmy Ruffin also recorded a version with The Temptations providing background vocals in 1966. It remained unreleased until 1997.

Three years later, Motown artist Marvin Gaye recorded a cover version of "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" as a follow-up single to his 1968 hit "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", another Whitfield/Strong composition. Whitfield produced Gaye's version as well, which featured background vocals by The Andantes. The song's lyrics feature the male narrator discussing how he has "no time to discuss weather" or "think about what money can buy", because when he thinks about his woman, "I ain't got time for nothing else".

In terms of chart success, "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" was Gaye's second biggest hit of the 1960s, after "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and remained at the number one position on Billboard's Black Singles Chart for six consecutive weeks, from the weeks of, June 7 until July 12, 1969,[1] with sales totaling 1.5 million copies.[citation needed] The single was the top-selling R&B single of the year,[2] and was the first release from Gaye's 1969 studio album M.P.G.. The single also reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart.


Temptations version[edit]

Jimmy Ruffin version[edit]

  • Lead vocals by Jimmy Ruffin
  • Background vocals by David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Otis Williams
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers

Marvin Gaye version[edit]

  • Lead vocals by Marvin Gaye
  • Background Vocals by The Andantes: Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow and Louvain Demps
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers

Other cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 225. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 804. 

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Preceded by
"The Chokin' Kind" by Joe Simon
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single (Marvin Gaye version)
June 7 – July 12, 1969 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" by Jr. Walker & the All-Stars