Label: Motown - MOTD 5218 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul
Following the release of Gaye's first album, The Soulful Moods of Marvin GayeGaye and Motown were in a struggle to agree with the direction his career should take. And while Motown's first signing act, Marv Johnsonwas one of the label's earliest hitmakers, most of his music was released to United Artistswhile Motown Recordings and its imprints Tamla, Motown and Gordy, had still not produced much success.
Early releases by The Temptations and The Supremes also failed to gain national attention. Finally, however, after the release of The Marvelettes ' " Please Mr. Though Marvin Gaye initially didn't want to go along with it, after seeing the success the Marvelettes had had with a song he co-wrote for them, " Beechwood " and the emerging pop success of Mary Wells, Gaye changed his mind and began composing songs with collaborator Mickey Stevensondetermined to get footing in the still-fledgling label.
Like most Motown albums of the sixties, this album was produced quickly. Gaye wrote or co-wrote the majority of the songs on the album, often with Stevenson but also including other songwriters such as Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye - That Stubborn Kinda Fellow Gordy, Barrett Strongand Norman Whitfieldwho had spent the early years of his career in Motown as a member of the label's Quality Control Department team.
For the majority of the songs, Gaye enlisted the background vocal helping of a young group named The Del-Phis. Gordy later changed their name to The Vandellas after the group had been told to change their name before he signed them.
Reeves later recalled that upon first meeting Gaye of how shy he Aint Nothin But Trouble - Lightnin Slim* - London Gumbo, wearing a hat, glasses and a cigar but had a crush on him as he took the hat and glasses off and began singing.
In reaction to how handsome they perceive Gaye, the Vandellas began adding cooing-type background vocals. The Vandellas would be joined in the background list of singers with The Love Tones who did backing vocals for other Motown artists, most notably Mary Wellsthe Pulau Dewata - Quasar (quatuor de saxophones) - Du Souffle Voices, and The Andantes and struggling Motown groups The Temptations and The Supremes while the music was mainly handled by the label's in-house background band, later known as The Funk Brothers.
Gaye himself added instrumentation, performing drums on a few songs and piano in others. The album was issued in December on the Tamla subsidiary of Motown. The first single was actually the Stevenson composition " Soldier's Plea ", which had been issued initially as a non-album single and didn't chart Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye - That Stubborn Kinda Fellow was included on the album as a filler track. With this album and its singles, Gaye was firmly now part of Motown's growing hit elite.
Back in the United States, pop producers were also impressed by the sound of the album, including Phil Spectorwho was so amazed by the sound of "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" that in his excitement, he nearly collided with another car as he was driving. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Marvin Gaye. Retrieved Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye - That Stubborn Kinda Fellow January Greatest Hits Greatest Hits, Vol.