Hitch Hike

Written by Marvin GayeClarence PaulWilliam StevensonUnreleased song

Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Hitch Hike” is a 1962 song by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label. Another song Gaye co-wrote (this time with Clarence Paul and William “Mickey” Stevenson), this time instead of confessing to being stubborn, the singer is now hitchhiking on the look out for his girl, whom he feels has run so far that he has to travel “around the world” thinking of places she could have found herself at including St. Louis, “Chicago City Limits” and “L.A.”

The song sparked a brief dance craze when audience members from American Bandstand performed the “hitch hike” dance. Marvin performed the song on the show and also did the move onstage. The dance was also performed during Marvin’s performance of the song in the T.A.M.I. Show. The single was successful enough to land Gaye his first top forty pop single in 1963 with “Hitch Hike” reaching number thirty on the pop singles chart while reaching number twelve on the R&B singles chart. Again, like “Stubborn”, Martha and the Vandellas accompanied Gaye on this song. Artists including The Sonics, The Rolling Stones, The Mothers of Invention and Alice Cooper covered this song during their early years. […]

Paul McCartney performed a live cover of the song during his 2011 performance at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Another song which is likely based on “Hitch Hike” is “You Can’t Do That” by The Beatles, especially the use of cowbell and congas and the pronounced stops at the end of each verse. […]

On the second day of the “Get Back” sessions (January 3rd, 1969), The Beatles played a version of “Hitch Hike“, with Paul McCartney singing harmony vocals along with John Lennon.


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 3rd 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:58 • Rehearsal • Jan.03 - D2-19 - Hitch Hike 3.72

Paul McCartney :
Harmony vocals
Performed by :
Paul McCartneyRingo StarrJohn LennonGeorge Harrison
Ringo Starr :
Harmony vocals
George Harrison :
Lead vocals

Session Recording:
Jan 03, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK

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Unofficial live

4:39 • Live • breakdown

Wonderful Christmas Tracks

Unofficial live

2:43 • Live

Concert For Sirius XM Listeners

Unofficial live • Released in 2010

Searching for Him Everywhere 2001-2014

Unofficial live • Released in 2015

Latest concerts where Hitch Hike has been played

Live At The Academy

Dec 20, 2010 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • O2 Academy

Live At The Apollo

Dec 18, 2010 • United Kingdom • London • HMV Apollo, Hammersmith

100 Club

Dec 17, 2010 • United Kingdom • London • 100 Club

Harlem Apollo

Dec 13, 2010 • USA • New York • Harlem Apollo

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