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Marvin Gaye "What's Going On / What's Happening Brother"
An excerpt from the recently released DVD of some of Marvin's greatest live performances on TV and film, "Real Thing: In Performance 1964-1981," This live performance comes from the long out-of-circulation 1973 film, "Save The Children" with James Jamerson on bass.What's Going On is a song written by Marvin Gaye, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Al Cleveland. Written in 1971 and a song from the first album Marvin Gaye produced, Rolling Stone Magazine listed it as the fourth greatest song of all time in 2004. The inspiration for the song came from Gaye’s brother Frankie, who told him stories of his service during the Vietnam War.
A few more of the most popular songs by Marvin:
Let's Get It On was released on June 15, 1973 on the album with the same name. Written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend, this classic Motown hit received positive reviews from critics. With seductive lyrics and fluid sounds, it is considered one of the top romance songs of all time.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough was written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson in 1966. It became a hit in 1967 when it was recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The song was later re-recorded by Diana Ross in 1970. Read more at wikipedia and get the lyrics and guitar chords or piano sheet music to play and sing your own cover of this amazing song!
Got to Give It Up is a disco song written by Marvin Gaye in 1977. Originally titled “Dancing Lady”, it began as an almost twelve minute song for a live double album. Even though Marvin Gaye was pressured by Motown to record a disco song, it hit number one on the Billboard charts. He sang both lead and background vocals.