- Easy (Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell album)
Infobox Album |
Name = Easy
Marvin Gaye& Tammi Terrell
September 16, 1969
Recorded = 1969,
Hitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan
Genre = Soul
Label = Tamla
Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Last album =
This album =
Next album =
Misc = Extra chronology 2
Last album = "
This album = "Easy" (with Tammi Terrell)
Next album = "That's the Way Love Is"
(1970) Extra chronology 2
Last album = "Irresistible"
This album = "Easy" (with Marvin Gaye)
Next album =
"Easy" is an
albumreleased by Marvin Gayeand Tammi Terrellon September 16, 1969under the Tamla Recordslabel. One song on the album, "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By", was a hit single and remains popular to this day. Terrell had been ill, suffering from complications caused by a brain tumor, since the fall of 1967. As a result, most of the female vocals on this album were performed by Valerie Simpson, who served as co- songwriterand co-producer for the LP with her boyfriend and future husband Nickolas Ashford(Simpson is quoted in Ludie Montgomery's biography of Terrell, "My Sister Tommie", as not having subbed Terrell for vocals). The album was released on compact discin 1992, and again in 2001 as part of "The Complete Duets".
"All songs written by
Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpsonunless otherwise noted."
Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By"
# "Love Woke Me Up This Morning"
# "This Poor Heart of Mine"
# "I'm Your Puppet" (
Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn)
The Onion Song"
# "What You Gave Me"
Baby I Need Your Loving" ( Holland-Dozier-Holland)
# "I Can't Believe You Love Me" (
Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol)
# "How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It)"
# "More, More, More" (Fuqua, Bristol, Clyde Wilson)
# "Satisfied Feelin'"
All tracks were produced by
Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpsonsave for "I Can't Believe You Love Me" and "More, More, More". Chin, Brian (2001). Liner notes for "Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: The Complete Duets". New York: Motown Records/UMG Recordings. ] These two recordings, produced by Harvey Fuquaand Johnny Bristol, were Terrell solo tracks with Gaye's vocals overdubbed. On all others, Terrell does not appear; according to Gaye, Simpson filled in for Terrell.
*Lead (and additional background) vocals by
*Additional Lead (and additional background) vocals by
Valerie Simpsonand Tammi Terrell
Background vocalsby The Originals, The Andantesand The Spinners
Instrumentationby The Funk Brothers
* Ritz, David. "Divided Soul: the Life of Marvin Gaye" (originally published in 1985; 2003 edition ISBN 0-306-81191-X) (For this book, Gaye told Ritz that Simpson subbed for Terrell on "Easy".)
* Montgomery, Ludie. "My Sister Tommie: the Real Tammi Terrell" (2005, ISBN 1-904408-16-8) (In this book, Simpson denies subbing for Terrell.)
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