“What’s the Matter With You Baby” Performed by Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells (1964)


Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells – “What’s The Matter With You Baby” (1964) #17 R&B, #17 Pop

“WTMWYB,” composed by Barney Ales, Clarence Paul & William “Mickey” Stevenson, was the flip side of  “Once Upon A Time” — the only single to come from Marvin & Mary’s only LP “Together.”

At this time Mary, who had joined the label at 17,  already had a string of hits for Motown-Tamla. In her success Mary became the first Motown artist to have a top ten hit and the first Motown artist to have a #1 hit with “My Guy.” These accomplishments earned her the title “The First Lady of Motown!”

By the time Mary had become a successful age 21,  The Beatles  courted her to come on tour with them and she was wooed away from Motown by another record label. Unfortunately Motown had to let her out of her contract since she was underage at the time she had signed on with them.

So these are some of the many reasons that this one and only Marvin & Mary set exists.

Mary will be discussed in the future here on OSML — but right now April is all about Marvin. So lets listen to this great duet and listen how Marvin could blend his voice and complement Mary’s. Yes Marvin was not only a great soloist but a great harmonizer.

Musically Yours,



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