Hitch Hike (song)

Hitch Hike (song)

:"This article is about a song, for other uses see Hitchhiking (disambiguation)."Infobox Single
Name = Hitch Hike
Background = khaki

Artist = Marvin Gaye
from Album = That Stubborn Kinda Fellow
B-side =
Released = December 1962
Format = 7" single
Recorded = 1962; Hitsville, USA, Detroit, Michigan
Genre = R&B/soul
Length = 2:32
Label = Tamla
Writer = Marvin Gaye
William "Mickey" Stevenson
Clarence Paul
Producer = William "Mickey" Stevenson
Chart positions = * #30 US Pop Singles Chart
* #12 Hot R&B Singles Chart
Last single = "Stubborn Kind of Fellow"
This single = "Hitch Hike"
Next single = "Pride and Joy"

"Hitch Hike" is a 1962 song by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label. Another song Gaye co-wrote (this time with Clarence Paul and William "Mickey" Stevenson), this time instead of confessing to being stubborn, the singer is now on the look out for his girl, whom he feels has run so far that he has to travel "around the world" thinking of places she could have found herself at including St. Louis, "Chicago City Limits" and "L.A.".

The song sparked a brief dance craze when audience members from "American Bandstand" performed the "hitch hike" dance. Marvin performed the song on the show and also did the move onstage. The single was successful enough to land Gaye his first top forty pop single in 1963 with "Hitch Hike" reaching number thirty on the pop singles chart while reaching number twelve on the R&B singles chart. Again, like "Stubborn", Martha and the Vandellas accompanied Gaye on this song. The Rolling Stones did a cover of this song during their early years.

The Velvet Underground's song "There She Goes Again" is based on "Hitch-Hike", as is the guitar intro to The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (Johnny Marr specifically credits The Rolling Stones' cover as the inspiration).


*Lead vocals by Marvin Gaye
*Background vocals by Martha and the Vandellas: Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford and Annette Beard
*Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers:
**Marvin Gaye: drums and piano
**James Jamerson: bass
**Henry Cosby: saxophone
**Eddie Willis: guitar
**Robert White: guitar
**Joe Messina: guitar
**Jack Ashford: tambourine, percussion
**Earl Van Dyke: piano

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