Saturday, August 6, 2011

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine".

OK, more 60's: Barrett Strong co-wrote this '66 Motown psychedelic soul classic with Norman Whitfield based upon a painful episode in his own love life. A man finds out his woman is cheating on him. First recorded by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Marvin Gaye's '68 version was his first #1 hit, became his signature song and, at 7 weeks, was Motown's longest-running #1 tune. Backup vocals by The Andantes; accompanied by The Funk Brothers and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Ranked #80 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time and inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Part of "The Big Chill"('83) and "Remember The Titans" ('01) soundtracks. Creedence Clearwater Revival's '70 version was 11 minutes long - one of their very few covers. Who can forget the Claymation California Raisins in '86 - their signature tune?!

Yesterday's answer: "Act Naturally". Even being a non-drummer myself, Ringo was always my favorite Beatle. Ultra cool bloke!​ch?v=fOpgL4mqEis​ch?v=58Amodaf-g8

Yesterday's answer: "So Much In Love" by the Tymes. The Tymes are one of the very few acts that have had only one #1 hit in the US and the UK with different songs ("Ms Grace" - UK #1 in '75).​ch?v=df45f9qe-bc​ch?v=GwsMhc6u-1k​ch?v=Tsu4yRmxNWc

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