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Baby Don't You Do It

This article is about the single by Marvin Gaye. For the episode of That '70s Show by the same title, see List of That '70s Show episodes.
"Baby Don't You Do It"
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Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You
B-side "Walk on the Wild Side"
Released September 1964
Format 7"
Recorded 1964
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul
Length 2:30
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Marvin Gaye singles chronology

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"Baby Don't You Do It" is a 1964 single by American singer Marvin Gaye. Released on the Tamla label, this song discusses a man who is at a standstill with his girlfriend, who he feels is neglecting his love stating "Don't break my heart/...I've tried to do my best".

Featured on the Holland–Dozier–Holland-written and produced track, for the first time on a Marvin Gaye record, were Motown's top session girl group, the Andantes. The song was originally written and intended for the Supremes, but eventually reassigned to Marvin Gaye to record.

In October 1964 Gaye's single peaked at number 27 on both the Billboard Hot 100[1] and the Top 100 singles chart in Cashbox, with Cashbox affording the single a number 14 peak on its R&B chart (Billboard was not maintaining an R&B chart at this time).


Other versions

Small Faces' version of the song is on their 1967 LP From The Beginning.

Nicolette Larson remade "Baby Don't You Do It" for her 1978 album Nicolette; this version prominently featured vocalist Valerie Carter.

The Black Crowes have performed the song live numerous times.[2]

Humble Pie recorded a version of the song for their 1980 album "On To Victory".

The Band

The Band recorded the song numerous times under the title "Don't Do It". The lead singer was Levon Helm, with backing vocals by Rick Danko and Richard Manuel. Different versions, both studio and live, appear on several of their albums and box sets, including the 1972 live release Rock of Ages. "Don't Do It" was the encore performed by The Band in Martin Scorsese's 1976 concert film The Last Waltz, though it was featured first in the film. Although it was not included on the 1978 soundtrack album, the track was included in the 2002 box set edition of The Last Waltz soundtrack.

The version of "Don't Do It" from Rock of Ages was issued as a single, reaching #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the autumn of 1972; the track was the second - following "Up on Cripple Creek" - and final Top 40 single for the Band.

The Who

"Baby Don't You Do It"
Single by The Who
A-side "Join Together"
Released 16 June 1972 (UK)
8 July 1972 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded December 12, 1971 live at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco
Genre Rock
Length 6:09
Label Track Records/MCA
Writer(s) Holland-Dozier-Holland
Producer(s) The Who
Glyn Johns

The Who recorded several versions of "Baby Don't You Do It". The first version released was recorded live in San Francisco and released as the b-side to "Join Together".[3] The group had previously played the song in their live performances circa 1964-65, and a studio recording from that time was later released on the 1998 remastered CD of Odds & Sods.

The Who also performed a studio recording of the song on March 16, 1971 at The Record Plant in New York. This version became first available on the 1995 Reissue of Who's Next and featured Leslie West on lead guitar, but was edited to 5:13.[4] The full version of the song became available on the Who's Next Deluxe Edition. During the sixth season of That '70s Show when the show's episodes were all named after recordings by The Who, the March 3, 2004 broadcast was entitled "Baby Don't You Do It".


  1. ^ "Marvin Gaye awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  2. ^ Crowesbase
  3. ^ "The Who Official Band Website - Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | Join Together". Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  4. ^ Who's Next 1995 Reissue Liner Notes Page 20

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