Together (Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells album)

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Studio album by Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells
Released April 15, 1964
Recorded February – April 1963
Studio Hitsville U.S.A. (Detroit, Michigan)
Genre Soul
Length 28.25
Label Motown
Producer William "Mickey" Stevenson; Clarence Paul on "Once Upon a Time"
Marvin Gaye chronology
Greatest Hits
(1963) Greatest Hits1963
(1964) Together1964
Hello Broadway
(1964) Hello Broadway1964
Mary Wells chronology
Greatest Hits
(1964) Greatest Hits1964
(1964) Together1964
Mary Wells
(1965) Mary Wells1965
Singles from Together

Together is the first and only studio album released by the duo team of American Motown artists Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells. It was released on the Motown label on April 15, 1964. The album brought together the rising star Gaye with Wells, an established star with a number-one pop hit to her name (1964's "My Guy"), singing mostly standards and show tunes, in the hopes that Gaye would benefit from the exposure.[1]

This album became the first charted album credited to Gaye, peaking at number forty-two on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and yielding two top twenty singles, "Once Upon a Time" and "What's the Matter with You Baby". Shortly afterwards, Wells, who received bad advice from her former husband and manager, left Motown upon reaching twenty-one. The label had to find another duet partner for Gaye, enlisting Kim Weston for one album, Take Two, also consisting of similar material, but later yielding a longer-lasting pairing of Gaye with Tammi Terrell, with more contemporary material.

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Track listing[edit]

1."Once Upon a Time"Barney Ales, Dave Hamilton, Clarence Paul, William "Mickey" Stevenson2:32
2."'Deed I Do"Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose3.00
3."Until I Met You"Freddie Green, Donald Wolf3:26
4."Together"Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson2:49
5."(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"William Best, Deek Watson2:35
6."The Late, Late Show"Roy Alfred, Murray Berlin2:42
7."After the Lights Go Down Low"Phil Belmonte, Leroy Lovett, Allen White2:53
8."Just Squeeze Me (Don't Tease Me)"Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines2:32
9."What's the Matter with You Baby"Barney Ales, Clarence Paul, William "Mickey" Stevenson2:24
10."You Came a Long Way from St. Louis"John Brooks, Bob Russel2:52