Diana & Marvin is a duets album by soul musicians Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, released October 26, 1973 on Motown Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in throughout 1972 and 1973 at Motown Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. Featuring vocal collaborations by Gaye and Ross, whom at the time had widely become recognized as two of the top R&B and soul performers, Diana & Marvin became a multi-chart success. However, it did not equal the sales of the two singers' previous efforts, even though it managed to sell near a million copies worldwide. The album was remastered and re-released on compact disc with four bonus tracks on February 6, 2001.
When the album was released, the album performed below expectations, peaking at number 26 on Billboard 200 album chart in the United States. Diana & Marvin fared better outside of the US, particularly in the United Kingdom, and yielded different singles in both the US ("You're a Special Part of Me", "Don't Knock My Love", "My Mistake") and the UK ("Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)", "You Are Everything"). During its forty-seven week chart tenure in 1973-74, the album peaked at number 6 in the UK and exceeded sales of 100,000 copies. In 1981 it re-entered the British charts again. The singles "You Are Everything" and "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" hit #5 and #25 in the UK, respectively. Eventually, the album managed to sell close to a million copies worldwide.
Several of the album's songs, including "Stop, Look, Listen" and "You Are Everything", were cover versions of songs by The Stylistics. The Ross/Gaye version of "Stop, Look, Listen" would later be sampled in 2002 for both Ja Rule and Ashanti's hit "Mesmerize" and Smilez and Southstar's hit "Tell Me", creating controversy when both songs entered the market at the same time. A year later, singers Michael McDonald and Toni Braxton redid the Ross/Gaye version of "Stop, Look, Listen" for McDonald's second album of Motown covers, titled Motown II.
|Diana & Marvin||
*US [[The Billboard 200|Pop Albums]] (1973) #26
*US Black Albums (1974) #7
|"[[You're a Special Part of Me]]"
|"Don't Knock My Love"||
*US Pop Singles #46
*US Black Singles #25
|"[[My Mistake (Was to Love You)]]"