“Hold Me Oh My Darling” Performed by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)


Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Hold Me Oh My Darling (1968)

Wow! There is so much to say,  about this song and this duet partnership and it’s origins,  that I am not sure where to start!  Here goes … I  will try to make this brief but include the important highlights.

It all began with the late, great multi-talented  Harvey Fuqua — founder of the doo-wop legends “The Moonglows” of which Marvin Gaye was once a member.

When Fuqua left his Moonglows he joined Anna Records in Detroit. While at Anna Records,  Harvey  introduced Marvin Gaye to Anna’s brother, Berry Gordy, and married Berry’s other sister Gwen Gordy.

Next, in 1961, Fuqua started his own lablels, Tri-Phi Records and Harvey Records, whose acts included the Spinners, Junior Walker and Shorty Long. But when offered positions at Motown,  in Artist Development and as a Producer,  Fuqua left the hard work of running two independent labels and joined the Motown label, bringing along his artists and also Tammi Terrell!

Fuqua  suggested  and produced Terrell’s  duets with Marvin Gaye, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Your Precious Love”.  These were two of the many songs that appeared on Marvin & Tammi’s first of three LPs entitled “United.”

Released in 1967 and co-produced by Fuqua and Johnny Bristol.   “United” zoomed to #7 on the R&B LP Chart and  #29 on the  Pop LP  ( the highest charting of the three LPs)

Fuqua and Bristol produced “Hold Me Oh My Darling” and “Two Can Have a Party” as Tammi Terrell solo tracks in 1965 and 1966, and had Gaye overdub his vocals to them in order to create duet versions of the songs that appeared on this album.

Tammi’s solo version appeared on her only studio release, 1969’s “Irresistable”, made up of tracks recorded 1965 and 1968.  Thought I let you hear Tammi’s solo version as a treat to see that studio magic was a way of the music industry long before computers (LOL)


Tammi Terrell – Hold Me Oh My Darling (~1965)

“HMOMY” & “TCHAP” may not have been as successful as “ANMHE” or “PL”  — but “Hold Me Oh My Darling,”  composed by Fuqua, is one of my favorite faux-duets (LOL) by the Marvin & Tammi pairing. This is another great song that you never hear on the oldies radio but should! Don’t you agree?

Musically Yours,


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