When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
Here, My Dear
Marvin Gaye - When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
Starkly beautiful and confessional. This track is full and continues to reward throughout its six minutes. Marvin twists through melodies, sometimes reprising them, as though rocking back and forth as he interrogates the his ‘n’ hers of the track. How does one go about covering a hymn sheet as personally biting as this?
I really tried, you know how I really tried, we really lied, didn’t we baby? And on top of that you have scandalized my name What I can’t understand is if you love me How could you turn me into the police?
Recorded at his studio in 1976, the song chronicles the growth and demise of Gaye’s marriage to his first wife Anna. In a classic doo-wop style, Gaye croons in his falsetto about how he fell for Anna and how their love died out, chronicling the years between their wedding and their impending divorce. At the end of the song, Gaye responds “Hallelujah, I’m free” in a dark and somber tone.
On this day in music history: December 15, 1978 - “Here, My Dear”, the fifteenth studio album by Marvin Gaye is released. Produced by Marvin Gaye, it is recorded at Marvin’s Room in Hollywood, CA from Summer 1976 - Fall 1977. The fourteen track double LP set is a concept album containing songs inspired by his divorce from first wife Anna Gordy Gaye (sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.). The album is recorded with the caveat that Gaye’s ex-wife receives royalties from sales. Initially, Gaye plans to record a quick “throwaway” album, but the singer’s creative muse will take over. He crafts an intense song cycle chronicling his relationship with his former wife, and the eventual breakdown of their marriage. Fans and critics are puzzled by the highly personal (and controversial) nature of the songs at the time of its release, and it fares poorly. Initially, Motown refuses to release the album, but are forced to due to the stipulations of the divorce settlement. Anna Gaye threatens to sue her former husband, citing “invasion of privacy”, but later drops the lawsuit. It will spin off the single “A Funky Space Reincarnation” (#23 R&B, #106 Pop Bubbling Under), which is later featured in a commercial for Dior J'adore perfume featuring actress Charlize Theron. Re-evaluated years later, “Dear” is regarded as a classic and one of Marvin Gaye’s last great works. In 2007, Hip-O Select Records releases a two CD expanded edition of the album featuring alternate extended mixes and instrumental versions of several tracks. “Here, My Dear” will peak at number four on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number twenty six on the Top 200.