Chart Performance: Pop (#6) and R&B (#3) ; 1965
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
In May, 1961 Marvin Gaye debuted on 45 with Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide, followed by The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye, an album that showcased Gaye as the next Nat “King” Cole. Two more singles failed before Gaye found his soul groove on Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (#8 R&B/#46 Pop; 1962). Fellow kicked off a string of nine R&B hits, of which only Pride And Joy reached the pop Top 10. His breakthrough disc in that arena arrived in late 1964. Songwriter/producers Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland had already given Gaye the hits Can I Get A Witness and You’re A Wonderful One. This time around they came up with How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You; a lilting track in direct contrast to their earlier gospel-tinged rockers. How Sweet It Is established Gaye as a Top 40 star, and, in the wake of an appearance on UK TV’s Ready, Steady, Go!, his first British chart record.
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- Brian Holland
- Lamont Dozier
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