[16] Gaye responded to this rejection by refusing to record material unless the song would be released, going on strike until, he felt, Gordy saw sense in releasing it. Musician and songwriter Elgie Stover, who later served as a caterer for Bill Clinton and was then a Motown staffer and confidante of Gaye's, was the man who opened the song's track with the words, "hey, man, what's happening?" [45] The album contains the single along with eight additional remixes. *sales figures based on certification alone, "What's Going On (song)" redirects here. Benson wanted to give the song to his group but the other Four Tops turned down the request. The song was also notable for its use of major seventh and minor seventh chords, which was a fairly uncommon use at the time. What’s Going On is an exquisite plea for peace on Earth, sung by a man at the height of crisis. The song was titled “What’s Up”, despite the phrase not appearing in its lyrics, to avoid confusion with the Marvin Gaye song “What’s Going On”. [12] De Pitte recalled that it was a track that Jamerson greatly respected: "On 'What's Going On' though, he just read the [bass] part down like I wrote it. There were 37 were shot with one student blinded and another white boy dying. With What’s Going On, Gaye presented to Gordy, who ran Motown as if it lived and died by the hit single, what might be considered the studio’s first concept album. [10], Jamerson was pulled into the session after Gaye located him playing with a band at a local bar. It was written by a member of the Four Tops who refused to record it. Ooh, ooh ooh And I try, oh my God, do I try I try all the time in this institution And I pray, oh my God, do I pray I pray every single day for a revolution And so I cry sometimes When I'm lying in bed Just to get it all out What's … In New Zealand it went Gold for selling over 5,000 units. This song is sung by Kunal Ganjawala. [6] It was also listed at number fourteen on VH-1's 100 Greatest Rock Songs. The song marked Gaye's departure from the Motown Sound of his previous output, towards more personal material. Learn to play guitar by chord / tabs using chord diagrams, transpose the key, watch video lessons and much more. [10] The opening soprano saxophone line, provided by musician Eli Fontaine, was not originally intended. In the Groove/I Heard It Through the Grapevine! On the Billboard Hot 100, it reached number two,[17] behind both Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) by The Temptations and Joy to the World by Three Dog Night. It also reached #14 on VH1's 100 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time. [12], To add more to the song's laid-back approach, Gaye invited the Detroit Lions players Mel Farr and Lem Barney to the studio and, along with Gaye and the Funk Brothers, added in vocal chatter, engaging in a mock conversation. Marvin Gaye in 1970. Benson, a member of Motown vocal group the Four Tops, was on tour with the band and as their bus arrived in San Francisco, he saw the police attacking a crowd of hippies over a disused urban lot called People’s Park. It took a hell a lot to get him smashed." [13] Gaye also added his own instrumentation, playing piano and keyboards while also playing a box drum to help accentuate Chet Forest's drumming. In 2016, it was voted #2 in "Detroit's 100 Greatest Songs",[31] a project based on voting by music experts and the public, conducted by the Detroit Free Press. 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 record was produced by Steve Levine and the executive producers were Fraser Kennedy and Jon Dee. In March 1987, it was released as the third single from the album. General CommentThis song means so much to me, not least because my father used to have this playing all the time when i was a kid. 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