An immediate landmark recording, it was the first of Gaye's albums to break the top ten of Billboard's Top LPs , and quickly became Motown's best-selling record. On January 22nd , in celebration of this groundbreaking album while also marking the 50 th anniversary of the title song's release as a single, UMe will be issuing three digital collections that honor the depth of Gaye's album. This includes the original album, plus 12 bonus tracks featuring each of the LP's original mono single versions and their B-sides, two of which are different takes — "God Is Love" and "Sad Tomorrows," an earlier version of "Flying High in the Friendly Sky " — while the pre-album single version of "What's Going On" has no "party" intro and a false fade. Also included is the title song's earliest mix, initially made as a reference for Motown's in-house quality control department before horns and strings were added; a dramatic instrumental mix; a "Coffeehouse Mix" by Grammy-winning engineer Russ Elevado that emphasizes the track's previously buried acoustic guitar, originally available on a Record Store Day exclusive 10" EP for the album's 45th anniversary in
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Motown was originally founded by Berry Gordy Jr. Berry Gordy got his start as a songwriter for local Detroit acts such as Jackie Wilson and the Matadors. It went on to be covered by many artists, including The Beatles in and the Flying Lizards in Martha and the Vandellas version reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot chart. During the s, Motown achieved spectacular success for a small label: 79 records in the top-ten of the Billboard Hot between and It became the first Motown song to reach number one position on the Billboard Hot pop singles chart.
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A piece of sweet soul bubblegum from Michael Jackson and his brothers gave them a second No. Gaye snagged his second million-seller with this Miracles-penned bit of infectious melancholy, topped by Marv Tarplin's guitar and Smokey Robinson's clever lyric. Almost operatic in scope, packed with strings and grand flourishes, this sophomore Four Tops hit is an anthem for the heartsick. Recorded at 2 a.
Marvin Gaye was one of the most gifted and popular soul icons of the 20th century, and his music will forever be timeless. From his Motown career, his iconic songs to his untimely death, here's all the big facts every Marvin Gaye fan should know:. Marvin Gaye's real last name was Gay without the 'e'. However, he was bullied from a young age due to homophobia, and because his father was known to be a crossdresser. Due to this, and rumours of the singer's own sexuality, Marvin added the 'e' to his last name when he became famous.