1976 Marvin Gaye – Distant Lover (Live) (US:#28)

“Distant Lover” is the sixth song issued on singer Marvin Gaye‘s 1973 album, Let’s Get It On and the b-side of the second single from that album, “Come Get to This.” A live recording was issued as a single in 1974. The live version of the song was Gaye’s most successful single during the three-year gap between Let’s Get It On and his following 1976 album, I Want You.

When Let’s Get It On was issued, the song was released as the b-side to Marvin’s hit, “Come Get to This”. The song was later immortalized in a live version issued on his Marvin Gaye Live! album from 1974 in which Marvin builds up the song from a slowed-up version of his Trouble Man instrumental, “Theme from Trouble Man”. After a small introduction, Marvin begins to sing the song, leading female audience members who attended his live show at the Oakland Coliseum to scream in delight. The song would become a show-stopper in later concerts from then on until Marvin’s final concert tour in 1983. Allmusic called it a “steamy version… complete with wailing female fans.” The live version of the song was so popular Motown issued that version as a single in June where it peaked at #28 on the pop singles chart and #12 on the R&B singles chart in September 19




BassJames Jamerson
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarRay Parker Jr
GuitarDavid T. Walker
KeyboardsJoe Sample
SaxErnie Watts
SaxWilliam Green
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TrumpetPaul Hubinon
ViolinJack Shulman
ViolinJames Getzoff
Background VocalsCharles Burns
CongasJohn Clayton
PercussionJohn Arnold
Background VocalsDwight Owens
Background VocalsEric Dolen
Background VocalsMichael Torrance
Background VocalsWally Cox
VocalsMarvin Gaye

Produced By

Marving Gaye


Gwen Gordy Fuqua
Marvin Gaye
Sandra Greene


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