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"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" is a song written in 1966 by Norman Whitfield, writer and producer of the Tamla/Motown hit, and Barrett Strong, singer of the original version of "Money (I Want"). The initial stage of The Beatles' career. Although the path of the song did not start strongly, it remained unstoppable for decades. Original recording of The Miracles of Smokey Robinson. However, Barry Gordy, Tamla's powerful owner, did not like the album and rejected it (it was released a year later as part of his special LP). He asked the authors for something more important.

In 1967, Whitfield recorded with Marvin Gaye. Gordy didn't like it either. NW is back in the studio and so is his confidence on the subject. This time he tried it with Gladys Knight & The Pips. She finally convinced his boss and it was published in September 1967. His path to stardom was solidified when "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" reached No. 2 on the US pop charts (No. 1 on the US pop charts). soul/R&B).

Marvin Gaye's version was included on his album In The Groove (1968). The song began to receive radio airplay and Barry Gordy had no choice but to release a single at the end of October. Path number 1 was difficult. It topped the charts for 7 weeks (December 1968 – January 1968). It was the label's best-selling 45 (to date). Naturally, the name of the parent album was changed to "In The Groove" and re-released as "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". MG's Vacation is considered a pop classic. If you want to listen to it, click here. (The lyrics are included in the video montage).

I leave you with an emotional a cappella performance. From there, the versions followed one after another. All styles and colors. Norman Whitfield re-released the song in 1969 for the Temptations' psychedelic album Cloud 9. In 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival included an 11-minute review of the Cosmo's Factory LP.


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