[10] Jamerson was pulled into the recording studio by Gaye after he located Jamerson playing with a local band at a blues bar and Eli Fontaine, the saxophonist behind "Baby, I'm For Real", also participated in the recording. [17], "What's Going On" features soulful, passionate vocals and multi-tracked background singing, both by Gaye. And heed the people's cries. That September, Gaye approached Gordy with the "What's Going On" song while in California where Gordy had relocated. Motown Unreleased 1965: Marvin Gaye. Other Albums by Marvin Gaye. Also included was a recording of Gaye's first live concert performance after two years away from the stage following Tammi Terrell's illness and death, performed at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall in his native Washington, D.C., on May 1, 1972. "[8][9] Returning to Detroit, Motown songwriter Al Cleveland wrote and composed a song based on his conversations with Benson of what he had seen in Berkeley. In 2001, a deluxe edition of the album was released, featuring a recording of Gaye's May 1972 concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Broad-ranging surveys of critics, musicians, and the general public have shown that What's Going On is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time and a landmark recording in popular music. According to Motown legend, musician and Funk Brothers leader Earl Van Dyke once mentioned that Berry Gordy didn't know of the word "ecology" and had to be told what it was though Gordy himself claimed otherwise. [41] In 1998 Q magazine readers placed it at number 97, while in 2001 the TV network VH1 placed it at number 4. Gaye recorded the album between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit, and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California. Discover all Marvin Gaye's music connections, watch videos, listen to music, discuss and download. [16][15] Upon its release, the song became a hit and was Motown's fastest-selling single at the time, peaking at number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles Chart, and peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Honey, right on. [10] Gaye's trademark multi-layering vocal approach came off initially as an accident by engineers Steve Smith and Kenneth Sands. Gaye's introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. "[3][4][2] In March of 1970, Gaye's singing partner Terrell died of a brain tumor. Benson eventually convinced Gaye that it was his song. Start the wiki, Hey babyThat's alright peopleI know that's alrightOh, when we love each otherI know that's alrightOh feel it, feel itOh everybody feel itGod…. The follow-up single, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", peaked at number-four on the Hot 100, and also went number-one on the R&B chart. [17] Gaye continued to record his own compositions during this time, some of which later made his 1973 album, Let's Get It On. In 1984, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 following Gaye's untimely death. Javascript is required to view shouts on this page. The album's rhythm tracks and sound overdubs were recorded at Hitsville, or Studio A, while the strings, horns, lead and background vocals were recorded at Golden World, or Studio B. One question led to another. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2021 Green Transparent, Poster, Gatefold Vinyl release of What's Going On on Discogs. The singer responded by asking for partial writing credit, which Benson allowed. … Marvin Gaye. And I say, right on. The Lyrics for Right On by Marvin Gaye have been translated into 1 languages. The duo compromised. Diamonds Club. Released on May 21, 1971, What's Going On became Gaye's first album to reach the Billboard Top LPs top ten, peaking at number six, and staying on the chart for over a year, selling over two million copies, within twelve months after its release, becoming Motown's and Gaye's best-selling album to that date until he released Let's Get It On in 1973. Marvin Gaye. The title track, which had been released in January 1971 as the lead single to promote the album, sold over 200,000 copies within its first week and eventually two-and-a-half-million units by the end of the year. Gaye felt the song's moody flow would be perfect for The Originals. I just have to do it my way. According to one account, Gordy didn't like the song, allegedly calling it "the worst thing I ever heard in my life". One night, while holed up at a Detroit apartment, Gaye attempted suicide with a handgun, only to be saved from committing the act by Berry Gordy's father. The album was an immediate commercial and critical success, eventually being regarded as a classic of 1970s soul. The third, and final, single, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", peaked at number-nine on the Hot 100, while also rising to number-one on the R&B chart, thus making Gaye the first male solo artist to place three top ten singles on the Hot 100 off one album, as well as the first artist to place three singles at number-one on any Billboard chart (in this case, R&B), off one single album. "Right On" was a lengthy seven-minute jam influenced by funk rock and Latin soul rhythms that focused on Gaye's own divided soul in which Gaye later pleaded in falsetto, "if you let me, I will take you to live where love is King" after complying that "true love can conquer hate every time". Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, just named the greatest album of all time by a Rolling Stone magazine poll, has lost its original cultural meaning -- which parallels the fate of America’s once-sacred black civil-rights movement. [15], The album's original mix, recorded in Detroit at both Hitsville and Golden World as well as United Sound Studios, was finalized on April 5, 1971. List of the best Marvin Gaye albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. "[17], David Hepworth described the album as "like a jazz record not merely because it had jazz manners and was slathered in strings and employed congas and triangle as its most prominent form of percussion...But it's also jazz in the sense that...[i]t plays like one long single. Right On (Detroit Mix) Marvin Gaye. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. "[19], With the help of Motown sales executive Barney Ales, Harry Balk got the song released to record stores on January 20, 1971, sending 100,000 copies of the song without Gordy's knowledge, with another 100,000 copies sent after that success. In 1994, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in the United States for sales of half a million copies after it was issued on CD. Why are they sending kids far away from their families overseas? When Gordy listened to the mix, he worried that no other hit single would emerge from it. This Marvin Gaye discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Marvin Gaye albums can be found at the top of the list. What's Going On was ranked number 6 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, one of three Gaye albums to be included, succeeded by 1973's Let's Get It On (number 165) and 1978's Here, My Dear (number 462). [5] Around the spring of 1970, Gaye also began seriously pursuing a career in football with the professional football team the Detroit Lions of the NFL, even working out with the Eastern Michigan Eagles football team. According to Soundscan, it has since sold in excess of 1.6 million copies since sales tracking began in 1991. [11], Gaye had also been deeply affected by the social ills plaguing the United States at the time, and covered the track "Abraham, Martin & John", in 1969, which became a UK hit for him in 1970. sfn error: no target: CITEREFBowman2006 (, Recording Industry Association of America, Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies, List of number-one R&B albums of 1971 (U.S.). I wanted them to take a look at what was happening in the world. At this point, you could make a compelling film about all the aborted attempts to make a compelling film about Marvin Gaye. Let me say to you. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" was another emotional plea, this time for the environment. What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. '"[8][9], Benson offered the song to Marvin Gaye when he participated in a golf game with the singer. [5][6][7] Gaye would befriend three of the Lions teammates, Mel Farr, Charlie Sanders and Lem Barney, as well as then Detroit Pistons star Dave Bing. Sexual Healing. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [and] the rewired blues of Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited. Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye, byname of Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., (born April 2, 1939, Washington, D.C., U.S.—died April 1, 1984, Los Angeles, California), American soul singer-songwriter-producer who, to a large extent, ushered in the era of artist-controlled popular music of the 1970s.. Gaye’s father was a storefront preacher; his mother was a domestic worker. That's taking things too far. Smokey Robinson has called it “the greatest album of all time.” Rolling Stone ranked it in the Top Ten in its survey of the Greatest Albums of All Time, at No. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On broke the Motown mold as Gaye delivered one of the most personal albums of all time: impassioned, outraged, haunting, beautiful and altogether unexpected. Guess I seriously underestimated him. In the Groove/I Heard It Through the Grapevine! A year later I reflected on those words while reading the comments of Rev. When Gaye heard the playback to what Fontaine thought was simply a demo, Gaye instantly decided that the riff was the ideal way to start the song. Most of Motown's Quality Control Department team also turned the song down, with Balk later stating that "they were used to the 'baby baby' stuff, and this was a little hard for them to grasp. Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. [14] BBC Music's David Katz described the album as "one of the greatest albums of all time, and nothing short of a masterpiece" and compared it to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue by saying "its non-standard musical arrangements, which heralded a new sound at the time, gives it a chilling edge that ultimately underscores its gravity, with subtle orchestral enhancements offset by percolating congas, expertly layered above James Jamerson's bubbling bass". Jamerson, who couldn't sit properly on his seat after arriving to the session drunk, performed his bass riffs, written for him by the album's arranger David Van De Pitte, on the floor. "Right On". What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. Benson sent the song to the Four Tops but his band mates turned the song down. While traveling on his tour bus with the Four Tops on May 15, 1969, Four Tops member Renaldo "Obie" Benson witnessed an act of police brutality and violence committed on anti-war protesters who had been protesting at Berkeley's People's Park in what was later termed as "Bloody Thursday". Returning to Gaye's home outside Outer Drive, Benson played the song to Gaye on his guitar. On July 22, 2013. Gaye added new musical composition, a new melody and lyrics that reflected Gaye's own disgust. [1], By the end of the 1960s, Marvin Gaye had fallen into a deep depression following the brain tumor diagnosis of his Motown singing partner Tammi Terrell, the failure of his marriage to Anna Gordy, a growing dependency on cocaine, troubles with the IRS, and struggles with Motown Records, the label he had signed with in 1961. In 2003, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Motown executive Harry Balk recalled trying to get Gordy to release the song at the end of the year, to which Gordy replied to him, "that Dizzy Gillespie stuff in the middle, that scatting, it's old. For those of us who live a life, yeah. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Lo Mejor De Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye. You're The Man. Gaye returned to Hitsville to record the rest of What's Going On, which took a mere ten business days between March 1 and March 10. Immediately after learning about the song, many of Motown's musicians, known as The Funk Brothers noted that there was a different approach with Gaye's record from that used on other Motown recordings, and Gaye complicated matters by only bringing in a few of the members while bringing his own recruits, including drummer Chet Forest. Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. (2 April 1939 - 1 April 1984) was an American soul and rnb singer, … Marvin Gaye Lyrics. I'm not protesting. In 2008, F. Gary Gray ( Friday , Straight Outta Compton ) … Turn on, on, feel it, feel. [16] Stunned by the news, Gordy drove to Gaye's home to discuss making a complete album, stating Gaye could do what he wanted with his music if he finished the record within 30 days before the end of March[10] and thus effectively giving him the right to produce his own albums. What's Going On was generally well received by contemporary critics. Carnival King. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2001 CD release of What's Going On on Discogs. [33] Time magazine hailed it as a "vast, melodically deft symphonic pop suite". Hey baby, that's alright people. [5] However, his pursuit of a tryout was stopped after the owner of the team advised him that any future injury would derail his career. [38] In 2004, the album's title track was ranked number four on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Furthermore, the album was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of 300,000 albums. In 1985, writers on British music weekly the NME voted it best album of all time. in June and July of 1970, though it took six months of wrangling with the conservative leadership of Motown Records to … "[32] Billboard described the record as "a cross between Curtis Mayfield and that old Motown spell and outdoes anything Gaye's ever done". It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records-subsidiary label Tamla. The singer also got back in touch with his spirituality and also attended several concerts held by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which had been used for several Motown recordings in the 1960s. The final track, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", focuses on urban poverty, backed by a minimalist, dark blues-oriented funk vibe, with its bass riffs composed and performed by Bob Babbitt, who also performed on "Mercy Mercy Me" (Jamerson played on the rest of the album). "Save the Children" was an emotional plea to help disadvantaged children, warning, "who really cares/who's willing to try/to save a world/that is destined to die? "[10] The singer's brother Frankie wrote in his autobiography, My Brother Marvin, that while reuniting at their former childhood home in Washington, D.C., Frankie's recalling of his tenure at the war made both brothers cry. [16] To ease Gordy's worries, Gaye and the album's engineers entered The Sound Factory in West Hollywood in early May, integrating the orchestra somewhat closer with the rhythm tracks, while Gaye used different vocal tracks and added extra instrumentation. He has also been credited with promoting awareness of ecological issues before the public outcry over them had become prominent. During this secluded period, Gaye ditched his previous clean-cut image to grow a beard, and prefer to wear sweatsuits instead of dress suits and sweaters.[5]. [8] Benson later told author Ben Edmonds, "I saw this and started wondering 'what was going on, what is happening here?' But I can do it with music."[13]. I know that's alright. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". Marvin Gaye was a soul singer-songwriter with Motown in the 1960s and 1970s. Video Player is loading. [21]. Alabama star QB Tua Tagovailoa was hittin' them high notes -- singin' Marvin Gaye in his hospital bed Sunday night -- a day after enduring a super serious and … [14], On June 1, 1970, Gaye entered Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. studios to record "What's Going On". Marvin Gaye - Samples, Covers and Remixes on WhoSampled. I'm not a painter. I said 'no man, it's a love song, about love and understanding. "[10][9] During this time, Gaye had been deeply affected by letters shared between him and his brother after he had returned from service in the Vietnam War over the treatment of Vietnam veterans. "[23] Richie Unterberger found the album somewhat overrated, writing in The Rough Guide to Rock (2003) that much of its "meandering introspection" paled in comparison to its three singles. [36], A remastered deluxe edition with 28 additional tracks was released on May 31, 2011, to similar acclaim. I've always admired Marvin Gaye, but I didn't expect that he would be one of them. A truncated version of "God Is Love" follows "Save the Children" and makes references to God. Hey baby That's alright, people I know that's alright Everybody that's alright Oh, when we love each other I know that's alright Oh feel it. In January 1970, Motown released Gaye's next studio album, That's the Way Love Is, but Gaye refused to promote the recording, choosing to stay at home. What's Going On is a concept album with most of its songs segueing into the next and has been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends with a reprise of the album's opening theme. ", later crying out, "save the babies". I had a mind of my own and I wasn't using it. I know that's alright. Everyday, that's alright. This is immediately followed in segue flow by the second track, "What's Happening Brother", a song Gaye dedicated to his brother Frankie, in which Gaye wrote to explain the disillusionment of war veterans who returned to civilian life and their disconnect from pop culture. Marvin Gaye. It was his first album to credit him as a producer and to credit Motown's in-house studio band, the session musicians known as the Funk Brothers. For other albums by this title, see. I want to know what's going on. 6. Leave feedback, Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. (2 April 1939 - 1 April 1984) was an American. Gordy however vetoed their decision, agreeing to put this mix of the album out that month. There are very few performers who could carry a project like this off. The lyric, "I know, I'm hooked my friend, to the boy, who makes slaves out of men", references heroin as "boy", which was slang for the drug. [40] In 1997, The Guardian ranked the album number one on its list of the 100 Best Albums Ever. Listen to Right On, a song by Marvin Gaye on TIDAL. Go directly to shout page. Marvin Gaye - Right On Lyrics. Marvin Gaye, Sr., Marvin’s father, from his Los Angeles jail cell. [10] As a result, Gaye angrily responded to Gordy's alleged putdown by going on strike until Gordy changed his mind. "[20], The Absolute Sound described the album as “a brilliant psychedelic soul song-cycle. [24], According to Paul Gambaccini, Gaye's death in 1984 prompted a critical re-evaluation of the album, and most reviewers have since regarded it as an important masterpiece of popular music. Yeah, oh, oh, oh Lord, Lord, people. [13] Afterwards, Gaye told his brother, "I didn't know how to fight before, but now I think I do. Oh just feel it, feel it. Presented to Motown's Quality Control department team, they were worried about future hit singles due to its concurrent style with each song leading to the next. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 100, based on ten reviews.[37]. [8] Benson said, "My partners told me it was a protest song. Oh, when we love each other. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Some user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. I realized that I had to put my own fantasies behind me if I wanted to write songs that would reach the souls of people. Read about Right On by Marvin Gaye and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Right On. [34] Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was less impressed. Wholy Holy (Detroit Mix) ... (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Detroit MIx) Marvin Gaye. I was very much affected by letters my brother was sending me from Vietnam, as well as the social situation here at home. [17] "Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)", which took its title from a United Airlines tag, "fly the friendly skies", dealt with dependence on heroin. Lyrics to 'Right On' by Marvin Gaye. [15] Gaye loved the sound and decided to keep it and use it for the duration of the album. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. [2], Gaye started to experience more international success around this time as both a solo artist with hits such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" and as a dual artist with Tammi Terrell, but Gaye said during this time that he felt he "didn't deserve" his success and he felt like "a puppet - Berry's puppet, Anna's puppet. It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records-subsidiary label Tamla. The song had strong jazz, gospel, classical music orchestration, and arrangements. [35] In his 1994 review of Gaye's re-issues, Chicago Tribune reviewer Greg Kot described the album as "soul music's first 'art' album, an inner-city response to the Celtic mysticism of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, the psychedelic pop of The Beatles' Sgt. [16][10] Gordy himself denied this claim, stating he loved the song's jazzy feel but cautioned Gaye that the sound was out of date of the sound of the times and also feared the loss of Gaye's crossover audience by releasing the political song. For those of us who live where peace is craved. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Hey baby That's alright people I know that's alright. Initially, Gaye planned to be a supper-club singer specializing in standards and jazz, but Gordy wanted him to aim toward a younger audience. Marvin Gaye recorded the song "What's Going On?" Writing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), he deemed it both a "groundbreaking personal statement" and a Berry Gordy product, baited by three highly original singles but marred elsewhere by indistinct music and indulgent use of David Van De Pitte's strings, which Christgau called "the lowest kind of movie-background dreck". Benson said later that Gaye tweaked and enriched the song, "added some things that were more ghetto, more natural, which made it seem like a story and not a song ... we measured him for the suit and he tailored the hell out of it. TIDAL is the first global music streaming service with high fidelity sound, hi-def video quality, along with expertly curated playlists and original content — making it a trusted source for music and culture. [15] It spent several weeks at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World", and spent five weeks at number one on the Soul Singles chart between March 27 and April 24, 1971. In a joint review of What's Going On and Stevie Wonder's Where I'm Coming From, Aletti wrote, "Ambitious, personal albums may be a glut on the market elsewhere, but at Motown they're something new ... the album as a whole takes precedence, absorbing its own flaws. Oh everybody feel it. - Marvin Gaye producer credit at right of spindle hole - Track A6 has "(The Ecology" part of the song title printed inside of the writing credit on the label - "A Product of Motown Record Corp." at bottom of labels - Album title "WHAT'S GOING ON" in all caps and quotes atop artist MARVIN GAYE … Let's Get It On is the thirteenth studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye.It was released on August 28, 1973, by the Motown Records subsidiary label Tamla.. Recording sessions for the album took place during June 1970 to July 1973 at Hitsville U.S.A. and Golden World Studio in Detroit, and at Hitsville West in Los Angeles. The song featured a memorable tenor saxophone riff from Detroit music legend Wild Bill Moore. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. The singer responded to Terrell's death by refusing to perform onstage for several years. [33] In MusicHound R&B (1998), Gary Graff said What's Going On was "not just a great Gaye album but is one of the great pop albums of all time",[25] and Rolling Stone later credited the album for having "revolutionized black music". Do you know any background info about this track? Thank you."[10]. 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Smith and Sands accidentally mixed the two lead vocal takes together. It had all gone wrong for Marvin since our talk. When Fontaine said he was "just goofing around", Gaye being pleased with the results replied, "Well, you goof off exquisitely. 45. "[11] One night, he called Berry Gordy about doing a protest record, to which Gordy chastised him, "Marvin, don't be ridiculous. Hey baby That's alright people I know that's alright Oh, when we love each other I know that's alright Marvin Gaye - Right On Lyrics | MetroLyrics Marvin Gaye. Gaye cited the 1965 Watts riots as a pivotal moment in his life in which he asked himself, "with the world exploding around me, how am I supposed to keep singing love songs? His 1961 debut single, "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide," satisfied Gordy's needs, while the full-length The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye skewed toward the singer's preferences. Remixes on WhoSampled marvin gaye right on music legend Wild Bill Moore adds it to your music.! 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