Here, My Dear is the fifteenth studio album by music artist Marvin Gaye, released December 15, 1978, on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place between 1977 and 1978 at Gaye's personal studios, Marvin Gaye Studios, in Los Angeles, California. The album was notable for its subject matter focusing largely on Gaye's acrimonious divorce from first wife (and daughter of the president of Gaye's record label), Anna Gordy Gaye.
Here, My Dear is not entirely civil. As in love and life, there is pettiness. Which might help explain why, after getting through a tortuous divorce and then recording an album about that divorce, Gaye married Janis Hunter in 1977, mere months after his split with Anna was official. But Gaye’s self-destructive habits had only deepened; by the time of Here, My Dear’s release, at the end of 1978, it was Hunter who was thinking about filing for divorce. Once we got married, things only got worse, Gaye said of his relationship with his second wife. I saw that I’d trapped myself again, but I couldn’t help it.
A1 Here, My Dear (2:48). A2 I Met A Little Girl (4:58). A3 When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (6:11).
Pre-dating the voyeuristic tendencies of reality television by 20 years, Here, My Dear is the sound of divorce on record - exposed in all of its tender-nerve glory for the world to consume. During the amazing success of I Want You and his stellar Live at the London Palladium album, Marvin Gaye was served with divorce papers from his then-wife Anna Gordy Gaye (sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy). One of the conditions of the settlement was that Gordy Gaye would receive an extensive percentage of royalties as well as a portion of the advance for his next album
The ultimate divorce record, Marvin Gaye recorded Here, My Dear as part of his alimony obligations to Anna Gordy. He initially intended to record a crap album, but his intense emotions soon bled through to the record. Gaye initially held back the record, fearing it was too personal, and was nearly sued for invasion of privacy by Gordy. Although the album was initially a commercial failure, it has subsequently been critically acclaimed as a masterpiece