You're a Wonderful One

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"You're A Wonderful One"
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Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You
B-side"When I'm Alone I Cry"
ReleasedFebruary 20, 1964
Format7" single
RecordedJanuary 6, 1964, Hitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan
GenreR&B, soul, rock and roll
Length2:45
LabelTamla
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"Can I Get a Witness"
(1963)
"You're A Wonderful One"
(1964)
"Try It Baby"
(1964)

"You're a Wonderful One" is a popular recording written by Holland–Dozier–Holland and recorded and released as a single by Marvin Gaye, released in 1964 on the Tamla label. It charted at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

In the song, the narrator praises his "wonderful one" for loving him and for "always (being) around" him.[2] Gaye is helped along on this song by The Supremes on background; the group had earlier backed him on "Can I Get a Witness". Musically, The Funk Brothers took elements of Chuck Berry's "Memphis" single and incorporated it into the intro of this song; the song eventually charted at number fifteen on the pop charts and number three on the R&B singles chart.

It was produced by Holland–Dozier–Holland, who worked with Gaye on "Witness" and later "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by Gaye a few months later giving him his biggest success as a solo artist until "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" in 1968.

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  1. ^ "Marvin Gaye awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 26 - The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 5]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.