"Once Upon A Time" Performed by Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells (1964)

April 2, 2009


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Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells – Once Upon A Time (1964) #19 R&B, #19 Pop

Happy April fellow music lovers.  This month in music history, on the afternoon of April 1, 1984 –  one day before his 45th birthday — the uber talented Trouble Man Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by Marvin Gay Sr. in the aftermath of a heated argument. That is why the theme for this month’s postings here at OSML will be Marvin Gaye & His Women! It is my way of remembering just a small part of the legacy of Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr.

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Motown’s Berry Gordy decided to put together his superstar Mary Wells with  his up and coming brother-in-law Marvin Gaye on this LP entitled “Together.”

A mixture of both standards and new songs “Together”  peaked at #42 on the Pop Charts which was a good showing for an R&B album in 1964.

“Once Upon A Time,” composed by Barney Ales, Dave Hamilton, Clarence Paul and William “Mickey” Stevenson, was the first and only song to be released as a single from the 1964 LP.  And “Together” was the first and last album of tunes to put together Marvin & Mary.

This song is a favorite of mine that I never hear on oldies radio and it is one of the many reasons for this blog. So many of the great oldies are completely ignored. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I always have. It is bright and breezy classic Motown!

Let’s please keep these classics alive!

Musically Yours,


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1 hagar's daughter April 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

It’s a sad ending to a troubled life. Who knew what was going on emotionally with this brother. Love his music. Thanks for the month long tribute; it should be fun and interesting. I’ve never heard this on any oldies radio – glad you’re here.


2 sondan April 6, 2009 at 12:12 am

Hi HD,

No problem with the Month long tribute on Marvin & his duet partners. The radio only seems to ever play one of two of the bigger hits Marvin had with Tammi Terrell and nothing more.

Sometimes I can’t decide what is worse: the lack of radio airplay for all of the great Motown music that has been released ; or the fact that so much of this great music has NOT been released! As Charlie Brown would say — Arrrgh! Such a travesty.

I am just trying to do my little part to get these sounds out there.

Have a great week HD. Thanks for you participation here. It is much appreciated.


3 gaygarin May 10, 2011 at 10:18 am

Mary was great


4 SonDan May 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm

She certainly was. It’s unfortunate the so many folk only remember Tammi Terrell as a duet partner for Marvin Gaye.

Welcome to OSML gaygarin! Hope to see you again real soon.


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