CRAVE TART! "[10][9] During this time, Gaye had been deeply affected by letters shared between him and his brother after he had returned from service in the Vietnam War over the treatment of Vietnam veterans. I had a mind of my own and I wasn't using it. and 'everything is everything'. It looks like the same voting system used in Michigan that caused the almost 6,000 Republican votes to go from President Donald Trump to Democratic candidate Joe Biden are causing trouble in Georgia. [16] Stunned by the news, Gordy drove to Gaye's home to discuss making a complete album, stating Gaye could do what he wanted with his music if he finished the record within 30 days before the end of March[10] and thus effectively giving him the right to produce his own albums. [17], "What's Going On" features soulful, passionate vocals and multi-tracked background singing, both by Gaye. What's going on? And I'm so grateful for that, Lise! Once Gaye heard Fontaine's riff, he told Fontaine to go home. Who's On First? The style is … “I wrote a song about what’s going on” Naima said to me last week and txted me this video. On the main Billboard Hot 100, it reached number two. Why are they attacking their own kids in the street? Simon Clarke Marvin Gaye in 1970. Gaye cited the 1965 Watts riots as a pivotal moment in his life in which he asked himself, "with the world exploding around me, how am I supposed to keep singing love songs? "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" was another emotional plea, this time for the environment. When Gordy listened to the mix, he worried that no other hit single would emerge from it. The F.D.A. “Even though ‘Go Your Own Way’ was a little angry, it was also honest,” Nicks wrote in the liner notes to the Rumours reissue in 2013. In January 1970, Motown released Gaye's next studio album, That's the Way Love Is, but Gaye refused to promote the recording, choosing to stay at home. "I said 'no man, it's a love song, about love and understanding. Gaye called it 'What's Going On'. [5] However, his pursuit of a tryout was stopped after the owner of the team advised him that any future injury would derail his career. According to Soundscan, it has since sold in excess of 1.6 million copies since sales tracking began in 1991. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [and] the rewired blues of Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited. When Fontaine said he was "just goofing around", Gaye being pleased with the results replied, "Well, you goof off exquisitely. However, when he heard it, Gaye was impressed with the double-lead feel that he kept it. I'm not protesting. Furthermore, the album was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of 300,000 albums. Jamerson was brought in after Gaye saw him playing with a band at a local bar. While there, Benson witnessed police brutality and violence in the city's People's Park during a protest held by anti-war activists, in what was described later as 'Bloody Thursday'. 4 Non Blondes – Whats Going On Lyrics. One night, while holed up at a Detroit apartment, Gaye attempted suicide with a handgun, only to be saved from committing the act by Berry Gordy's father. 23 One Hit Wonders You Still Can't Get Out Of Your Head; HOT SONG: Jennifer Lopez & Maluma – "Pa Ti" - LYRICS; HOT SONG: Ozuna - "Un Get" - LYRICS; Picket lines and picket signs Don't punish me with brutality Talk to me So you can see Oh, what's going on What's going What's going on What's going on. The lyric, "I know, I'm hooked my friend, to the boy, who makes slaves out of men", references heroin as "boy", which was slang for the drug. Marvin Gaye's protest anthem 'What's Going On' was a powerful and groundbreaking song at the time of its release in 1971, but fast forward nearly 50 years later and it is sadly still just as relevant for the world in 2020. Lady A R eaders may recall that during the 2004 presidential campaign, Sen. John Kerry led the Democratic ticket. Benson sent the song to the Four Tops but his band mates turned the song down. Benson said later that Gaye tweaked and enriched the song, "added some things that were more ghetto, more natural, which made it seem like a story and not a song ... we measured him for the suit and he tailored the hell out of it. The third, and final, single, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", peaked at number-nine on the Hot 100, while also rising to number-one on the R&B chart, thus making Gaye the first male solo artist to place three top ten singles on the Hot 100 off one album, as well as the first artist to place three singles at number-one on any Billboard chart (in this case, R&B), off one single album. In 1994, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in the United States for sales of half a million copies after it was issued on CD. [16] To ease Gordy's worries, Gaye and the album's engineers entered The Sound Factory in West Hollywood in early May, integrating the orchestra somewhat closer with the rhythm tracks, while Gaye used different vocal tracks and added extra instrumentation. But if people are on the bus because of who else is on the bus, then it’s much easier to change direction: “Hey, I got on this bus because of who else is on it; if we need to change direction to be more successful, fine with me.” Second, if you have … By Averi Clements. There are very few performers who could carry a project like this off. In 1997, What's Going On was named the 17th greatest album of all time in a poll conducted in the United Kingdom by HMV Group, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. The work was considered groundbreaking for its honest treatment of children’s emotions, especially anger, and it won the 1964 Caldecott Medal. sfn error: no target: CITEREFBowman2006 (, Recording Industry Association of America, Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies, List of number-one R&B albums of 1971 (U.S.). Released on May 21, 1971, What's Going On became Gaye's first album to reach the Billboard Top LPs top ten, peaking at number six, and staying on the chart for over a year, selling over two million copies, within twelve months after its release, becoming Motown's and Gaye's best-selling album to that date until he released Let's Get It On in 1973. 'Why are they sending kids so far away from their families overseas? Gaye returned to Hitsville to record the rest of What's Going On, which took a mere ten business days between March 1 and March 10. What's Going On was generally well received by contemporary critics. In 2001, a "Deluxe Edition" 2-CD version of the album was released by Motown, which included the original LP as released, the discarded "Detroit Mix" of the album, and the mono 45 rpm mixes of the singles. I've always admired Marvin Gaye, but I didn't expect that he would be one of them. recently approved a fertility-tracking app for marketing as a contraceptive for the first time It eventually sold over two million copies, becoming then the fastest-selling Motown single ever. '"[8][9], Benson offered the song to Marvin Gaye when he participated in a golf game with the singer. Mother, mother Everybody thinks we're wrong Oh, but who are they to judge us … "Wholy Holy" follows "God Is Love" as an emotional gospel plea advising people to "come together" to "proclaim love [as our] salvation". "[20], The Absolute Sound described the album as “a brilliant psychedelic soul song-cycle. [33] In MusicHound R&B (1998), Gary Graff said What's Going On was "not just a great Gaye album but is one of the great pop albums of all time",[25] and Rolling Stone later credited the album for having "revolutionized black music". yeah yeaaah, HEY yeah yea I said hey, what's going on? It eventually became a huge success, reaching the top of the charts within a month, staying at number-one for five weeks on the Billboard R&B charts. [17] Henderson also wrote that "Gaye's choice to emphasize humanity at its most charitable rather than paint bleak pictures of destruction and disillusionment is characteristic of the album that follows."[17]. I wanted them to take a look at what was happening in the world. [16][15] Upon its release, the song became a hit and was Motown's fastest-selling single at the time, peaking at number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles Chart, and peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Thank you."[10]. "Save the Children" was an emotional plea to help disadvantaged children, warning, "who really cares/who's willing to try/to save a world/that is destined to die? He put himself in his brother's shoes and wrote a song that stands among the most tuneful works of consciousness-raising in American music. Video by Slackcircus. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (Album Version)Couldn't find this anywhere on here, thought I'd do this a little justice. The central theme of "What's Going On" and the album of the same name came from Marvin Gaye 's own life. In May 1969 their tour bus arrived in San Francisco where he saw police attacking a crowd of hippies over a disused urban lot called People’s Park. [36], A remastered deluxe edition with 28 additional tracks was released on May 31, 2011, to similar acclaim. This song was written by the former Motown producers Freddie Perren and … You're not. A truncated version of "God Is Love" follows "Save the Children" and makes references to God. Right on, baby Right on Right on. [5] Around the spring of 1970, Gaye also began seriously pursuing a career in football with the professional football team the Detroit Lions of the NFL, even working out with the Eastern Michigan Eagles football team. The screenplay, written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, is a modernization of William Shakespeare 's late-16th-century comedy The Taming of the Shrew, retold in a late-1990s American high school setting. Motown executive Harry Balk recalled trying to get Gordy to release the song at the end of the year, to which Gordy replied to him, "that Dizzy Gillespie stuff in the middle, that scatting, it's old. Gaye felt the song's moody flow would be perfect for The Originals. [14] BBC Music's David Katz described the album as "one of the greatest albums of all time, and nothing short of a masterpiece" and compared it to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue by saying "its non-standard musical arrangements, which heralded a new sound at the time, gives it a chilling edge that ultimately underscores its gravity, with subtle orchestral enhancements offset by percolating congas, expertly layered above James Jamerson's bubbling bass". What's Going On was ranked number 6 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, one of three Gaye albums to be included, succeeded by 1973's Let's Get It On (number 165) and 1978's Here, My Dear (number 462). - as told by, The Story of... 'Merry Christmas Everyone' by Shakin, The Story of... 'All I Want for Christmas is You' by, The Story of... 'The Power of Love' by Frankie Goes to, The Story of... 'Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy' by, Adam Lambert's self-recorded video of 'Please Come Home, When Luther Vandross flawlessly sang 'Have Yourself a, Merry Little Christmas' on 1995 TV special, Celebrity deaths in 2020: Paying tribute to the stars, Tom Jones singing ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ as Ella, Download 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' on iTunes, Read more: The 25 greatest Motown songs, ranked. Complete GENIUS. The song was co-written by Renaldo 'Obie' Benson, Al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye, and produced by Gaye himself. In a revised 2020 list, this time voted on by musicians instead of music critics, the album moved up to the top spot, replacing The Beatles' Sgt. I'm going to be a songwriter. Oh, what's going on What's going What's going on What's going on. Gaye also invited the Detroit Lions players Mel Farr and Lem Barney to the studio and, along with Gaye and the Funk Brothers, added in various vocal chatter in the background, in a mock conversation. Also included was a recording of Gaye's first live concert performance after two years away from the stage following Tammi Terrell's illness and death, performed at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall in his native Washington, D.C., on May 1, 1972. [15] Fontaine's open alto saxophone riff on the song was not originally intended. goodbonez BLM song written and performed by Naima Nascimento age 10. Where the Wild Things Are, illustrated children’s book by American writer and artist Maurice Sendak, published in 1963. There are a billion books out there for the pregnant masses, it's so nice to read something more advanced. In 1973, Marvin finally answered What’s Going On with Let’s Get It On. Exclusive. "[23] Richie Unterberger found the album somewhat overrated, writing in The Rough Guide to Rock (2003) that much of its "meandering introspection" paled in comparison to its three singles. But I can do it with music."[13]. It also became Gaye's second number-one album on Billboard's Soul LPs chart, where it stayed for nine weeks as well as staying inside the Billboard Soul LPs chart for a record breaking 58 weeks throughout 1971 and 1972. ooh, ooh ooooooooooooooooh ooh, ooh ooooooooooooooooh and I try, oh my god do I try I try all the time, in this institution And I pray, oh my god do I pray I pray every single day For a revolution. Writing for Rolling Stone in 1971, Vince Aletti praised Gaye's thematic approach towards social and political concerns, while discussing the surprise of Motown releasing such an album. This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.” —Ecclesiastes 7:27–29 This suggests that an unnamed author was presenting the wisdom of … ", Mother, motherThere's too many of you cryingBrother, brother, brotherThere's far too many of you dyingYou know we've got to find a wayTo bring some lovin' here today, eh ehFather, fatherWe don't need to escalateYou see, war is not the answerFor only love can conquer hateYou know we've got to find a wayTo bring some lovin' here today, oh oh ohPicket lines and picket signsDon't punish me with brutalityTalk to me, so you can seeOh, what's going onWhat's going onYeah, what's going onAh, what's going on, Mother, mother, everybody thinks we're wrongOh, but who are they to judge usSimply 'cause our hair is longOh, you know we've got to find a wayTo bring some understanding here todayPicket lines and picket signsDon't punish me with brutalityC'mon talk to meSo you can seeWhat's going onYeah, what's going onTell me what's going on, The Story of... 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, The Story of... 'Last Christmas' by Wham! [15], The album's original mix, recorded in Detroit at both Hitsville and Golden World as well as United Sound Studios, was finalized on April 5, 1971. In the Groove/I Heard It Through the Grapevine! Immediately after learning about the song, many of Motown's musicians, known as The Funk Brothers noted that there was a different approach with Gaye's record from that used on other Motown recordings, and Gaye complicated matters by only bringing in a few of the members while bringing his own recruits, including drummer Chet Forest. “The police was beating on the kids, but they wasn’t bothering anybody. [8] Benson later told author Ben Edmonds, "I saw this and started wondering 'what was going on, what is happening here?' "[3][4][2] In March of 1970, Gaye's singing partner Terrell died of a brain tumor. He has also been credited with promoting awareness of ecological issues before the public outcry over them had become prominent. You’ve got a problem. Police brutality. "Right On" was a lengthy seven-minute jam influenced by funk rock and Latin soul rhythms that focused on Gaye's own divided soul in which Gaye later pleaded in falsetto, "if you let me, I will take you to live where love is King" after complying that "true love can conquer hate every time". When Gordy heard the song, he turned down Gaye's request to release it, telling Gaye he felt it was "the worst thing I ever heard in my life". Smith and Sands accidentally mixed the two lead vocal takes together. Right on, baby Right on Right on. I realized that I had to put my own fantasies behind me if I wanted to write songs that would reach the souls of people. [41] In 1998 Q magazine readers placed it at number 97, while in 2001 the TV network VH1 placed it at number 4. Benson later said Gaye "added some things that were more ghetto, more natural, which made it seem like a story than a song... we measured him for the suit and he tailored the hell out of it.". Writing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), he deemed it both a "groundbreaking personal statement" and a Berry Gordy product, baited by three highly original singles but marred elsewhere by indistinct music and indulgent use of David Van De Pitte's strings, which Christgau called "the lowest kind of movie-background dreck". In 1985, writers on British music weekly the NME voted it best album of all time. [15] Sands later explained that Gaye had wanted him to bring him the two lead vocal takes for "What's Going On" for advice on which one he should use for the final song. One question led to another. I think that … Gaye was inspired by social injustices committed in the US, including the 1965 Watts riots. 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