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Motown, leery of alienating its core audience of white teens, continued to have Gaye record safe records with a real chance of mass appeal. The unhappy artist complied, producing the chart topping hit I Heard It Through the Grapevine (October 1968), Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (April 1969), and That's the Way Love Is (August 1969). Gaye's artistic struggles with Motown over the direction of his music no doubt added to the problems in his personal life.
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