Marvin Gaye

Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1

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Marvin Gaye didn't intend "Got to Give It Up" to be a disco hit. The singer/songwriter thought the tune was funk. The prolific artist would sporadically work on a project of his called "Life's Opera" in between his more commercial-aimed albums. It was more meant to be a creative outlet than anything meant to be commercially released. Gaye felt the same way about "Got to Give It Up" until engineer/producer Art Stewart insistently intervened. At almost 15 minutes, the track has a laid-back feel due in part to Gaye's recording technique of lounging behind the recording console singing into a mic that was hung above him.Gaye was so nonchalant that he casually banged out a rhythm part on a half-empty bottle of grapefruit.

Listed on his number one R&B/number three pop album Marvin Gaye Live at the London Palladium, "Got to Give It Up" held the number one R&B spot for five weeks while going to number one pop in spring 1977. The track spawned several sound-alikes, the most famous being Bunny Sigler's "Let Me Party With You."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1977 1977
Various Artists
Rhino 4:12
Billboard Top Hits: 1977 1977
Various Artists
Rhino 4:12
Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye 1983 Motown 4:13
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
Various Artists
Motown 4:15
In Yo' Face!: The History of Funk, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
The Master 1961-1984 1995 Motown 4:11
From Hip to Hop, Vol. 1: Funkbots 1995
Various Artists
Orchard Lane 4:13
Billboard Top Hits: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:12
Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye 1995 Motown 4:13
Pure Disco [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 4:07
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye 1997 Motown / PolyGram 4:12
Banana Republic: Soul 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 4:05
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1977 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:14
Practical Magic [#2] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Reprise 4:13
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1976-1980 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:12
Pure Funk, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Mercury / Polygram 4:05
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1977 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:11
Motown Chartbusters, Vols. 7-12 [Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:10
Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal 0:00
Party Starter Level 1: The Classics 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 4:07
Essential Soundtracks: New Movie Collection 2000
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 6:01
DJ Masters: Funk Classics 2000
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:12
Charlie's Angels 2000
Original Soundtrack
Columbia 4:12
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Experience Music Project
New Millennium Funk Party 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:10
As Seen on TV: Songs From Commercials 2001
Various Artists
UTV 4:05
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 10 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:10
Funkology 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 4:10
Solid Gold Funk 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
Barbershop 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 4:11
Classic Funk: The Universal Masters Collection 2003
Various Artists
IMS 4:09
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Hear Music
Ultimate Seventies: 1977 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
Ultimate Funk [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:08
Gold: Greatest Hits [Universal Canada] 2004 Universal Distribution / Universal International 4:17
Hemmesphere, Vol. 2 2004 Jam 3:54
Best of Motown, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:11
Disco Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 0:00
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Funk 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:08
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Funk, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 4:19
Soul Legends 2006 MSI Music Distribution / Universal International 4:12
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
Motown Number 1's, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
Motown 4:14
Number 1's 2007 Motown 4:12
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
This Christmas [Original Soundtrack] 2007
Original Soundtrack
Jive 4:14
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 0:00
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Universal 0:00
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 4:11
Sounds of the 70's Generation 2008
Various Artists
Destra 4:09
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
Sweet Soul of the '70s: Just to Be Close to You 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
Eat Pray Love [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2010
Original Soundtrack
Madison Gate Records / Monkey Wrench Records 4:03
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:14
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:13
We Love the Nightlife: Good Times 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:13
Body By Jake: Motown Workout
Various Artists
Body By Jake 4:07
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Universal / Fontana / Hip-O / Spectrum Music 4:05
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Reprise / Warner Bros. 4:13
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro