"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" is a 1966 song recorded by The Marvelettes for the Motown label, from their self-titled album released that year.

The Marvelettes original[edit source | editbeta]Edit

History[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Written and produced by Smokey Robinson, the single peaked in the United States in spring 1967 at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and at number two on the Billboard soul chart.[1] The song is written in the first person, from the point of view of someone who has "laid such a tender trap" to catch a lover. Lead singer Wanda Young-Rogers (wife of Miracles member Bobby Rogers) talks about how she had been stalking her lover, having to learn his "ways and habits" so she could plan how to catch him. But "certain things rearrange" and she finds herself caught, presumably, in love with her 'game.'

Personnel[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart positions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1967) Peak


Billboard Hot 100[2] 13
R&B Singles[2] 2

Grace Jones version[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
Single by Grace Jones
from the album Warm Leatherette
B-side "Sinning", "Warm Leatherette"
Released 1980
Format 7", 12"
Genre PopNew Wavedisco
Length 3:50
Label Island
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer Chris BlackwellAlex Sadkin
Grace Jones singles chronology
"Private Life"


"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"




Jamaican singer Grace Jones covered "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" on Warm Leatherette in 1980, her first post-disco album. It was also released as the lead single in the USA and the fourth in the UK.

Track listing[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • U.S. 7" Single[3]
A. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" – 3:49
B. "Sinning" – 5:06
  • EU 7" Single[4]
A. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (LP Version) – 3:50
B. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" – 3:20
  • UK 12" Single[5]
A. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (Long Version) – 6:43
B. "Warm Leatherette" (Long Version) – 5:36

Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1980) Peak


United States (R&B Singles)[6] 87

Other cover versions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song has been covered by a number of contemporary recording artists, including:

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