One of the Motown artists – along with the likes of Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder – whose fame has extended way beyond Hitsville itself, Marvin Gaye recorded some great tracks during his lifetime.
To the general public, one of his most well-known songs would be I Heard It Through The Grapevine. The 1968 classic is instantly recognisable the moment it begins.
It’s Marvin Gaye’s contribution to the Motown Gold album. The follow up LP saw his solo effort, Too Busy Thinking About My Baby, as the chosen song.
It’s the latter that edges it for me in terms of personal choice. However, my favourite track is Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home).
Although it was recorded in 1962, it eventually saw the light of day as the B-side to Too Busy Thinking About My Baby, which was released seven years later.
I can remember the first time I heard Wherever I Lay My Hat. I was a young teenager and it was at a school-type disco. It instantly hit the spot.
It’s probably more associated with Paul Young, though, who recorded a version some years later. It remains his only UK number one single. I once saw the singer with his band, Q-Tips, again when I was much younger myself.