Friday, March 1, 2019

Dear Abby - Dog Songs: "I'll Be Doggone" by Marvin Gaye (1965)

Dear Friends,

I have a great oldies song to share with you today.  It's not really about a dog but it has "doggone" in the title -- "I'll Be Doggone" by Marvin Gaye (1965). 

This was a classic Motown song, produced by Smokey Robinson and written by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin.  It was a hit and reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.   This song was later covered by a number of artists, including Paul Revere and the Raiders, 1960's model Twiggy, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.

Interesting trivia -- the Funk Brothers, Motown studio musicians, played on this song.  If you have not seen the documentary about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, my Momma recommends it highly.

I got curious about the word "doggone" and where it came from (after all, it features the word DOG, so it is a word I need to know!).   This word was first used in 1819 and it is a more polite synonym for the word "damn" - like "dang" or "blasted."   (Oops, sorry about that, Momma -- I know this is a family friendly blog!)  The things you can learn online -- and all because of this song!

Here is a video of the song:



Do you know this one?  It's an oldie but goodie.

I hope you have a good weekend ... I look forward to catching up again next week!

Love,
Abby xoxoxo



5 comments:

Laura Allen said...

I LOVE Marvin Gaye! This was such an oldie, but a goodie as you said! Perfect song choice!

Aliceson Coates said...

Dear Abby:
My Mama said she never heard that song before but she likes Motown too.
It’s having a cold front here on Sunday hoping it’s the last artic storm till next year. We don’t like cold here at all.

We hope you have a great weekend
Aliceson and Haley

Indya | The Small Adventurer said...

This is such a fun series you have going here! Who knew they were so many songs with the word "dog" in them?!

Becky Ginther said...

I didn't know this one, but I love Motown music! Such a fun genre!

Abby said...

Thank you friends! I really enjoyed reading your comments.

Love,
Abby xoxoxo