What's Going On (Marvin Gaye song). Redirected from What's Going On (song)). What's Going On" is a song by American recording artist Marvin Gaye, released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary Tamla. Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo "Obie" Benson, the song was composed by Benson, Al Cleveland and Gaye and produced by Gaye himself.
A. The End Of Our Road. Producer – Norman WhitfieldWritten-By – B. Strong, N. Whitfield, R. Penzabene. What's Going On (7", RE). Collectables.
The road has got to end somewhere Every road has got to end somewhere I'm tired of your stuff Say enough is enough We've come to the end of our road I can't take it no more.
The road has got to end somewhere Woman, woman, every road has got to end somewhere Now is the time for the showdown So let me give you the lowdown We've come to the end of our road. Woman, I'm just thinking about all the times you promised to call And I sat at home lonely You only did it because you knew I love you only Running, running around with every guy in town I'm telling you, woman, no longer will I be your clown. The road has got to end somewhere Every road has got to end somewhere I'm tired of your stuff Say enough is enough We've.
What's Going On - 40th Anniversary (Super Deluxe). What’s Going On entered the magazine’s album chart very cautiously, at No. 187, but went on to reach No. 6 and spend a year on the bestsellers, fuelled by further major crossover hits with ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ and ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler). Within 18 months, the LP had sold two million copies, later entering the Grammy Hall of Fame and landing at No. 6 on Rolling Stone’s 2003 poll of some 300 music professionals to name their favourite albums of all time.
As for the album what do you want me to say? Literally everyone on Earth loves this thing and so do I. It's almost perfect. A concept album, carrying a strong, social concern and flowing so graceffully in the turbulent urban scenery, guided equally by both, the heart and the mind. Marvin Gaye takes the risk and produces an inspired answer to a timeless question.
On May 21, Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On turns 45. Gaye was never able to celebrate this milestone, as he was killed by his father a day before his 45th birthday. 15. The end of ‘The Sound of Young America’. Both the front and rear cover shots for the album were taken in the backyard of the house where Gaye and his wife were living with their son, Marvin III. Gaye was less concerned with the album photo shoot because he’d yet to finished the album, so he quickly stepped out into his backyard to take the pictures. Dressed in a black suit, he slipped into a trench coat to defend himself from the rain and sleet of a March Detroit afternoon, completing his classic look.
To record What’s Going On and the concept album around it, Marvin drew from the full arsenal of local talent, from house arranger David Van De Pitte to the Funk Brothers. The lyrics were so strong and the lingering of the end of one track and the intro to the next track. Made it seem like one song with different levels that would go full circle. And before you knew it, you were back to the beginning again. I played that cassette non stop all the way down & back to Chicago, and not once did anyone want me to turn it off. I don’t remember anyone talking the whole time will were on the road. Four boys & Two girls with Two adults, and I listening became so in tune to the world’s problems, they became my problems too as a child.
Gaye forced Motown to release his 1971 album What's Going On, which is today hailed as one of the best albums of all time. Subsequent releases proved that Gaye, who had been a part-time songwriter for Motown artists during his early years with the label, could write and produce his own singles without having to rely on the Motown system. This achievement would pave the way for the successes of later self-sufficient oducers in African American music, such as Luther Vandross and Babyface.
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|A||The End Of Our Road
Producer – Norman WhitfieldWritten-By – B. Strong*, N. Whitfield*, R. Penzabene*
|B||What's Going On
Arranged By – David Van DePitta*Producer – Marvin GayeWritten-By – A. Cleveland*, M. Gaye*, R. Benson*
|Y 529F||Marvin Gaye||The End Of Our Road / What's Going On (7", RE)||Motown||Y 529F||US||1973|
|COL-529||Marvin Gaye||What's Going On (7", RE)||Collectables||COL-529||US||Unknown|
|MOT-529||Marvin Gaye||The End Of Our Road / What's Going On (7")||Motown||MOT-529||US||1973|