Marvin Gaye

Too Busy Thinking About My Baby

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The Marvin Gaye hits "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and its follow-up, "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," are a study in contrast. Whereas "...Grapevine" was gloomy, dusky, and disturbed, "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" was bright and frothy. The song was originally recorded by the Temptations on their Gettin' Ready LP. Songwriter Jane Bradford took some lyrics she'd written to Motown staff producer Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong with whom she'd co-written his hit "Money (That's What I Want)." From his number one R&B/Top 40 pop album M.P.G., "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" stayed at number one R&B for six weeks and number four pop in the spring of 1969. Its flip side, "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)," was covered by Paul Young, becoming a 1983 number one U.K. hit.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
M.P.G. 1969 Motown 2:56
No Image 1970
Various Artists
2:56
Super Hits [Motown] 1970 Motown 2:53
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 4 1971
Various Artists
Motown 2:55
No Image 1972 Motown
Anthology [1974] 1974 Motown 2:58
No Image 1976 Motown
Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye 1983 Motown 2:58
Compact Command Performances: 15 Greatest Hits 1984 Motown 2:59
Classic Rock: 1969 - The Beat Goes On 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:58
The Marvin Gaye Collection 1990 Motown 2:55
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Motown
Great Songs & Performances That Inspired the Motown 25th Anniversary 1990 Motown 2:56
Trouble Man/M.P.G. 1990 Motown 2:55
Rhythm & Blues: 1969 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Norman Whitfield Sessions 1994 Motown 2:56
Motown Legends, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 2:59
The Master 1961-1984 1995 Motown 2:55
Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye 1995 Motown 2:55
Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1969 1995
Various Artists
Motown 3:23
A Smile Like Yours 1997
Original Soundtrack
Elektra 2:57
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye 1997 Motown / PolyGram 2:55
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [1998] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:54
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 1 1999 Uptown / Universal 2:58
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 1 - 6 1999
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Motown 2:55
M.P.G./That's the Way Love Is 2001 Universal Distribution / Universal International 3:01
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 3: 1966-1969 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:58
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Motown 2001] 2001 UTV / Motown 2:57
Motown Gold 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:56
A Year in Your Life: 1969, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:56
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:57
Ultimate Collection 2004 Universal International 2:55
60's Soul Sessions 2004
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:57
Icons 2004 Motown 2:55
Gold 2005 Motown 2:57
Dancing in the Streets: Motowns Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:57
How Sweet It Is: The Love Songs 2006 Universal Distribution / Tamla 2:57
Love Collection 2006 Universal International 2:52
Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Canada Import] 2006 Solitudes 2:57
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
Number 1's 2007 Motown 2:55
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9: 1969 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O Select 2:56
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 2:56
Favorites 2008 Universal Distribution 2:54
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:54
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:55
The Complete Collection 2008 Motown / Universal 2:58
Motown 50: Love 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:56
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: From Me To You 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:55
Love Marvin: The Greatest Love Songs Of Marvin Gaye 2010 Island / Motown / Universal Music TV 2:52
Icon 2 2010 Motown 2:57
5 Classic Albums 2012 Motown 2:58
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 2:54
No Image
Various Artists
2:54
The Best of Marvin Gaye: Green Series Strategic Marketing 2:58
No Image
Various Artists
Motown