I Heard It Through the Grapevine

April 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm 1 comment

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966. The first recording of the song to be released was by Gladys Knight & the Pips and released as a single in September 1967; it went to number two on the Billboard chart.

The Miracles actually recorded the song first but did not release their version until their 1968 album, “Special Occasion”. The Marvin Gaye version was placed on his 1968 album “In the Groove”, where it gained the attention of radio disc jockeys.  Motown founder Berry Gordy finally agreed to its release as a single in October 1968, when it went to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks from December 1968 to January 1969 and became for a time the biggest hit single on the Motown label.

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  • 1. Jim S.  |  April 12, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I just did a series on Motown on my blog if you’re bored and looking for something to read one day. A bit wordy but some interesting history if you’re into that.


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