I Heard It Through The Grapevine
I was listening the radio this morning and heard a story about I Heard It Through The Grapevine that I had never heard before.
The song was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson in 1966. Motown owner Berry Gordy rejected the song. In 1967, the song was recorded by Marvin Gaye but Gordy rejected it again. Later that year Gladys Knight and The Pips recorded it and this time Gordy agreed to release it. The song went to number 2 on the charts. In 1968, the Marvin Gaye version was finally released and made it to number 1. It stayed there for 7 weeks and at that time had become Motown's biggest hit.
It makes you wonder how many other great songs there have been which were never released and how different popular music and Marvin Gaye's career may have been had Gordy stuck to his guns and shelved the song.
"If you don't want the truth don't ask. Make up your own like everyone else does". (Michael Pare as Eddie Wilson/Joe West in Eddie and The Cruisers II).
Last edited by Kmonk : 12-01-2013 at 12:39 PM.