Sunday Side Up Motown Moment: "Pride and Joy" by Marvin Gaye

John Lockwood
March 12, 2021

Released in 1963 on the Tamla label, "Pride and Joy" by Marvin Gaye was the first Top Ten hit by the Mayor of Motown.

Gaye was one of the co- writers, and the song was considered to be a tribute to Marvin's girlfriend at the time, Anna Gordy, elder sister of Motown founder Barry Gordy.

"Pride and Joy" was also the last of 3 hit singles by Marvin Gaye to feature an up and coming girl group, who went on to start their own string of Motown Hits just 2 weeks later. The trio was Martha Reeves and the Vandellas... and that first song was "Heat Wave!"

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