I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye
Gaye Marvin 1968 I Heard It Through the Grapevine 45

Ooh, I bet you're wondering how I knew
Bout your plans to make me blue
With some other guy you knew before
Between the two of us guys
You know I love you more

1968
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968 for seven weeks
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1969 for three weeks
  • from Marvin Gaye's ninth solo studio album, In the Groove (1968)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #81 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" became the best-selling Motown single of the Sixties
  • the first of three No. 1 singles charted on the Hot 100 for Marvin Gaye as well as his biggest hit
  • on the record:
       Marvin Gaye- lead vocals
       The Funk Brothers:
             Earl Van Dyke- Wurlitzer electric piano
             James Jamerson- bass
             Robert White- guitar
             Joe Messina- guitar
             Eddie Willis- guitar
             Richard “Pistol” Allen- drums
             Jack Ashford- tambourine
       The Adantes (Marlene Barrow, Jackie Hicks, Louvain Demps)- backing vocals
       Detroit Symphony Orchestra- orchestral backing
  • written by Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong
  • produced by Norman Whitfield
  • recorded April 10, 1967 at Hitsville USA (Studio A), Detroit, Michigan
  • Tamla Records label
  • on December 14, 1968, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" moved Diana Ross and the Supremes' "Love Child" off the top of the Hot 100, which had held the position for two weeks
  • the song was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in August 1966 but Motown head Berry Gordy did not release it ~ Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded a version released in September 1967 which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100
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