The group performed their new Holland-Dozier-Holland song on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' but it peaked at No. 9 in the US.
The Whitfield-Strong song matched a typically socially aware lyric with a busy, funky, brass-fuelled beat.
The song opened with the doo-wop harmonies of Marvin's youth, before blossoming into a fingersnapping, joyful ode to a returning lover.
'Motown Chartbusters Volume 4' was not only another collection of big hits from the label, it became the latest No. 1 in the series itself.
The Holland-Dozier-Holland classic was released in the US just three weeks after ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ had finished its two-week reign.
In late October 1982, after weeks of rumours, Paul Weller announced that he was splitting up the band to explore new musical possibilities.
Only a year after Gladys Knight and the Pips took it to the top of the R&B chart, Marvin made 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' his for keeps.
Stevie had been raising the bar of his artistic imagination for some time, when he unveiled what many consider to be his first masterpiece.
The powerful 'I Can't Get Next To You' was the second single from the group's 'Puzzle People' album.
Motown's inspired decision to release the three-year-old 'Tears Of A Clown' as a UK 45 led it to No. 1 in Britain and a belated US release.
Whitfield and Barrett Strong's psychedelic soul story of a wayward father and the family he left behind became a Motown classic.
When Tammi fell on stage and collapsed into Marvin Gaye's arms on 14 October 1967, it foretold of tragedy.
On 9 October 1971, ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),' the latest 45 from the immortal 'What's Going On' album, bowed on the US pop and R&B charts.
The ebullient song was composed by the Motown writing team known as The Corporation, with Alphonso Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Berry Gordy himself.
Four million sales in the US alone for his self-titled debut sent a very clear message that his fans wanted Lionel solo.