Motown great Marvin Gaye was not only a super singer, he also had formidable songwriting skills having co-written his own early hits "Stubborn Kind of Fellow," "Hitch Hike," and "Pride and Joy." He also co-wrote Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancin' in the Streets," "Baby I'm for Real" by the Originals, and "I Love You Secretly" for the post-Smokey Robinson mid-'70s lineup of the Miracles. Speaking of Robinson, he was paired with Gaye for one of his biggest hits. Robinson teamed with guitarist Marv Tarplin and Miracles member Warren "Pete" Moore to write the raucous R&B smash "I'll Be Doggone." During that time, Motown's recording studio was a 24-hour operation and the trio went in as soon as they finished the song. It was hard to sell the label's studio band the Funk Brothers on the song. But they liked Gaye's jazzy LP When I'm Alone I Cry and admired his skills as a jazz drummer; most of them had started out playing jazz in Detroit area clubs. "I'll Be Doggone" was a grand showcase for Gaye's roughshod vocal style. The amazing singer could also handle ballad material with equal ease. Produced by Smokey Robinson, "I'll Be Doggone" topped the R&B charts and peaked at number eight pop in spring 1975.