Marvin Gaye (Photo credit: cliff1066™)
A true classic, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, was written in 1966 by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown. The song was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. The version was deemed not strong enough by Barry Gordy and given to Marvin Gaye, who recorded it in 1967. Gordy did not like this version either and it was then recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips, who also released it in 1967. The Smokey Robinson version was not released for many years, and Gaye’s was not released until 1968. as far as covers, wow, diverse groups like CCR and the California Raisins (a TV commercial with Buddy Miles as the vocalist) have given the song a makeover.
Next up, Gladys Knight and the Pips
Third, the classic Marvin Gaye.
These were the basic originals, now we will listen to some covers from later on.
This is the song done by Creedence Clearwater Revival, not the 10 minute version.
And to finish up, a version by the British punkers, The Slits.
The first album to feature the group’s name change from “The Miracles” to “Smokey Robinson & The Miracles” was 1965’s Top 10 album Going To A Go-Go.Clockwise from top left: Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers, Ron White, Smokey Robinson.(not shown: Claudette Robinson, Marv Tarplin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The previous question was:
Q: What was Motown‘s first million selling hit?
The answer is:
“Shop Around” by The Miracles. The song was recorded and released in 1960. This was before they were known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. The artist on this classic was credited as The Miracles (featuring Bill “Smokey” Robinson”.
We had no winner on this one, so Rebecca’s stupendous award has, once again, been forced to wait on it’s introduction to the world.
Today’s question will leave Motown and move on to Blackburn, Lancashire.
Q: In the song “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles, there is a line referring to a particular place. What is Blackburn, Lancashire and why does it have 4,000 holes in it?