Try It Baby

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"Try It Baby"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You
Released May 21, 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded January 28 & 29, 1964
Genre Rock 'n' roll, R&B, blues
Length 2:30
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Berry Gordy, Jr.
Producer(s) Berry Gordy, Jr.
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"What's the Matter With You Baby"
"Try It Baby"
"Baby Don't You Do It"

"Try It Baby" is a slow blues ballad recorded by American soul singer Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label in 1964.[1] It was written and produced by Gaye's brother-in-law, Motown chairman Berry Gordy, and talked of a woman who was "moving up" and "leaving (her man) behind".

To help him along the way, the Temptations (fresh off scoring their first few hits) assisted Gaye in the track providing background vocals. The song reached number 15 on the pop singles chart and number six on the R&B singles chart.[2]

"Try It Baby" was covered in 1968 as a joint effort by Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations. Featuring Melvin Franklin, Diana Ross, and Paul Williams on leads, the track was included on the 1968 LP Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations, their first of four joint albums.[3]


Marvin Gaye version[edit]

Supremes/Temptations version[edit]

  • Lead vocals by Diana Ross, Paul Williams and Melvin Franklin
  • Background Vocals by Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Dennis Edwards, and The Andantes
  • Instrumentation by Los Angeles session musicians


  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol 4: 1964 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Allmusic (Supremes/Temptations album)

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