Marvin Gaye

I'll Be Doggone

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Moods of Marvin Gaye 1966 Motown 2:48
No Image 1967 Motown
No Image 1968
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1968
Various Artists
Motown
Super Hits [Motown] 1970 Motown 2:48
Motown Story 1971
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Anthology [1974] 1974 Motown 2:47
Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye 1983 Motown 2:50
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1986 Motown
The Good-Feeling Music of the Big Chill Generation, Vol. 2 1986
Various Artists
Motown
Classic Rock: 1965 - The Beat Goes On 1988
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:48
Billboard Top R&B Hits: 1965 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 2:49
The Marvin Gaye Collection 1990 Motown 2:49
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Motown
Motown Legends: I'll Be Doggone 1995 Esx Entertainment, Inc. / Motown 2:45
The Master 1961-1984 1995 Motown 2:50
Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye 1995 Motown 2:50
Motown Legends, Vol.2 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Polygram / PSM 2:49
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 1 1999 Uptown / Universal 2:46
Motown Legends [Transworld Box] 1999
Various Artists
Transworld 2:49
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 2: 1964-1966 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:47
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Motown 2001] 2001 UTV / Motown 2:48
Moods of Marvin Gaye/In the Groove 2001 Motown 2:48
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 60's Motown's Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:47
Ultimate Collection 2004 Universal International 2:50
Gold: Greatest Hits [Universal Canada] 2004 Universal Distribution / Universal International 2:47
Soul Legends [Madacy #1] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:49
Icons 2004 Motown 2:46
Gold 2005 Motown 2:48
The Motown Box 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:47
Soul Legends: Motown Legends, Vol. 1-3 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:49
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 5: 1965 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O Select / Mob / Motown 2:52
Number 1's 2007 Motown 2:47
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 2:47
Favorites 2008 Universal Distribution 2:46
Sweet Soul Music: 1965 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:46
The Complete Collection 2008 Motown / Universal 2:44
Icon 2 2010 Motown 2:48
5 Classic Albums 2012 Motown 2:49
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 2:47