I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Marvin Gaye

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  1. Hedley Says:

    Smokey dun it, Gladys dun it and then finally out of Studio A on W Grand Boulevard Marvin hooked up with the DSO and The Andantes and pow – this wonderful classic Motown (Tamla)

    Lets Get it on, What’s Going on, Marvin and Tammi.

  2. im6 Says:

    I’m partial to the Creedence version. Never was *that* big a CCR fan, but they knocked it out of the jungle with this one.


    • im6,
      I have always been a huge CCR fan. I’d forgotten how great this is.

      • Hedley Says:

        im6 Creedence’s version is like a deflated football. Drop back in the pocket and go deep for this one – Marvin at Montreux

      • Hedley Says:

        And while you are at it, watch as Tammi and Marvin damn nearly set fire to the screen.


      • My Dear Hedley,
        I love, love Motown and always have. I got a chuckle at the backstory as to how Marvin heard the tale of his cheating girlfriend from his friend, the grapevine.

        In the first video Marvin has quite the backup. I’m a brass fan.

        You are right about the second video and fire. Marvin is just a baby in that second video.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, And in the week that is MLK, Marvin had something to say

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        This song gives me shivers it is so good. I haven’t heard it before this. Wow!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat,
        Inner City Blues is the centerpiece of “Whats going on” – well worth your time
        Marvin, and the Funk Brothers produced something very special in Studio A

  3. Spaceman Says:

    Marvin is the best version of this hand down. Amy Winehouse/Paul Weller cut not bad.

    But I do like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVT-BokwmWY

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      I have to get out more-I haven’t ever heard this version. It is so different than all the others which try to stay with the sound of the original. Amy gives it her own spin. Paul stays closer to the original and he is quite good, intense.

      She was amazing!

  4. im6 Says:

    Not being a music snob like some people I could name, I’ll just say that it’s the hallmark of a great song when there are so many good versions available. I went to YouTube to see what I could find other than the Gladys Knight and The Pips exquisite version. I found a couple I consider notable. I know nothing about this first singer, but I really, really like this re-imagining of the song:

    • im6 Says:

      And how could I NOT share this little gem I found?

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        I never knew she sang this song. It mustn’t be on any albums or I just missed it. She fits it to her voice style, to being a Joni song.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      Wow, this is so different than any other version. Who knew it would make such great jazz. I also really like it!!! Great find!!

    • Birgit Says:

      im6,
      just in case you’ve missed it, James McMurtry live on Mountain Stage 2015:
      http://www.npr.org/event/music/378560273/james-mcmurtry-on-mountain-stage
      I especially love the last song, it’s just great and perfectly accompanied by the band. Thanks again for introducing me to his music.

      • im6 Says:

        What a treat, Birgit! I haven’t heard that particular show (My local NPR station doesn’t run Mountain Stage), so I’m excited about listening later today (when I’m more fully awake and can more fully appreciate it!). I so like McMurtry’s music and am thrilled to have introduced him to you. That last song, “Too Long In The Wasteland,” is a favorite of mine, too, but if I had to choose one song of his that just knocks me out, it would be “Where’s Johnny?” I hope you’ll be able to listen to it on this YouTube video. Cheers!

      • Birgit Says:

        im6,
        still not available 🙁 Just some covers. I should move.

      • im6 Says:

        Birgit, dig around. Maybe you can find it elsewhere. It’s called “Where’s Johnny?” and it’s sensational. By the way, I just discovered that James has a 23-year-old son, Curtis, who is following in his dad’s footsteps. There are some videos I’m going to check out on YouTube — not that that’ll do YOU any good! 🙁 (don’t move!)

  5. Hedley Says:

    im6 – I resemble that remark

    I am waiting for some awful version of Bettina annihilating this song.

    I heard that the Baltimore Ravens tipped everyone off that you were going to post Joni


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