Listen to Right On, a song by Marvin Gaye on TIDAL. [10] Jamerson was pulled into the recording studio by Gaye after he located Jamerson playing with a local band at a blues bar and Eli Fontaine, the saxophonist behind "Baby, I'm For Real", also participated in the recording. Most of Motown's Quality Control Department team also turned the song down, with Balk later stating that "they were used to the 'baby baby' stuff, and this was a little hard for them to grasp. 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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 Funk Brothers. A year later I reflected on those words while reading the comments of Rev. Presented to Motown's Quality Control department team, they were worried about future hit singles due to its concurrent style with each song leading to the next. [8] Benson later told author Ben Edmonds, "I saw this and started wondering 'what was going on, what is happening here?' In 1984, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 following Gaye's untimely death. Smokey Robinson has called it “the greatest album of all time.” Rolling Stone ranked it in the Top Ten in its survey of the Greatest Albums of All Time, at No. Start the wiki, Hey babyThat's alright peopleI know that's alrightOh, when we love each otherI know that's alrightOh feel it, feel itOh everybody feel itGod…. While traveling on his tour bus with the Four Tops on May 15, 1969, Four Tops member Renaldo "Obie" Benson witnessed an act of police brutality and violence committed on anti-war protesters who had been protesting at Berkeley's People's Park in what was later termed as "Bloody Thursday". Yeah, oh, oh, oh Lord, Lord, people. In 1997, What's Going On was named the 17th greatest album of all time in a poll conducted in the United Kingdom by HMV Group, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. According to Soundscan, it has since sold in excess of 1.6 million copies since sales tracking began in 1991. ", later crying out, "save the babies". The album was an immediate commercial and critical success, eventually being regarded as a classic of 1970s soul. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. "Right On". "[32] Billboard described the record as "a cross between Curtis Mayfield and that old Motown spell and outdoes anything Gaye's ever done". In 2001, a "Deluxe Edition" 2-CD version of the album was released by Motown, which included the original LP as released, the discarded "Detroit Mix" of the album, and the mono 45 rpm mixes of the singles. [11], Gaye had also been deeply affected by the social ills plaguing the United States at the time, and covered the track "Abraham, Martin & John", in 1969, which became a UK hit for him in 1970. In 1994, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in the United States for sales of half a million copies after it was issued on CD. "Wholy Holy" follows "God Is Love" as an emotional gospel plea advising people to "come together" to "proclaim love [as our] salvation". The entire album's stylistic use of a song cycle gave it a cohesive feel and was one of R&B's first concept albums, described as "a groundbreaking experiment in collating a pseudo-classical suite of free-flowing songs. [35] In his 1994 review of Gaye's re-issues, Chicago Tribune reviewer Greg Kot described the album as "soul music's first 'art' album, an inner-city response to the Celtic mysticism of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, the psychedelic pop of The Beatles' Sgt. Gaye's introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. This is immediately followed in segue flow by the second track, "What's Happening Brother", a song Gaye dedicated to his brother Frankie, in which Gaye wrote to explain the disillusionment of war veterans who returned to civilian life and their disconnect from pop culture. [21]. The song had strong jazz, gospel, classical music orchestration, and arrangements. Marvin Gaye, Sr., Marvin’s father, from his Los Angeles jail cell. Gaye felt the song's moody flow would be perfect for The Originals. '"[8][9], Benson offered the song to Marvin Gaye when he participated in a golf game with the singer. "Right On" was a lengthy seven-minute jam influenced by funk rock and Latin soul rhythms that focused on Gaye's own divided soul in which Gaye later pleaded in falsetto, "if you let me, I will take you to live where love is King" after complying that "true love can conquer hate every time". I said 'no man, it's a love song, about love and understanding. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. I want to know what's going on. Let me say to you. That's taking things too far. I realized that I had to put my own fantasies behind me if I wanted to write songs that would reach the souls of people. List of the best Marvin Gaye albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. Marvin Gaye - Samples, Covers and Remixes on WhoSampled. sfn error: no target: CITEREFBowman2006 (, Recording Industry Association of America, Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies, List of number-one R&B albums of 1971 (U.S.). Javascript is required to view shouts on this page. [39] A 1999 critics' poll conducted by British newspaper The Guardian named it the "Greatest Album of the 20th Century". Released on May 21, 1971, What's Going On became Gaye's first album to reach the Billboard Top LPs top ten, peaking at number six, and staying on the chart for over a year, selling over two million copies, within twelve months after its release, becoming Motown's and Gaye's best-selling album to that date until he released Let's Get It On in 1973. One question led to another. Marvin Gaye. Hey baby, that's alright people. I wanted them to take a look at what was happening in the world. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2001 CD release of What's Going On on Discogs. [17] Gaye continued to record his own compositions during this time, some of which later made his 1973 album, Let's Get It On. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". In a joint review of What's Going On and Stevie Wonder's Where I'm Coming From, Aletti wrote, "Ambitious, personal albums may be a glut on the market elsewhere, but at Motown they're something new ... the album as a whole takes precedence, absorbing its own flaws. I just have to do it my way. What's Going On was generally well received by contemporary critics. According to one account, Gordy didn't like the song, allegedly calling it "the worst thing I ever heard in my life". In January 1970, Motown released Gaye's next studio album, That's the Way Love Is, but Gaye refused to promote the recording, choosing to stay at home. [16][10] Gordy himself denied this claim, stating he loved the song's jazzy feel but cautioned Gaye that the sound was out of date of the sound of the times and also feared the loss of Gaye's crossover audience by releasing the political song. Writing for Rolling Stone in 1971, Vince Aletti praised Gaye's thematic approach towards social and political concerns, while discussing the surprise of Motown releasing such an album. Furthermore, the album was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of 300,000 albums. Gaye cited the 1965 Watts riots as a pivotal moment in his life in which he asked himself, "with the world exploding around me, how am I supposed to keep singing love songs? The third, and final, single, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", peaked at number-nine on the Hot 100, while also rising to number-one on the R&B chart, thus making Gaye the first male solo artist to place three top ten singles on the Hot 100 off one album, as well as the first artist to place three singles at number-one on any Billboard chart (in this case, R&B), off one single album. [15] It spent several weeks at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World", and spent five weeks at number one on the Soul Singles chart between March 27 and April 24, 1971. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [and] the rewired blues of Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited. Discover all Marvin Gaye's music connections, watch videos, listen to music, discuss and download. Marvin Gaye. [15], The album's original mix, recorded in Detroit at both Hitsville and Golden World as well as United Sound Studios, was finalized on April 5, 1971. [5] Around the spring of 1970, Gaye also began seriously pursuing a career in football with the professional football team the Detroit Lions of the NFL, even working out with the Eastern Michigan Eagles football team. Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. 6. Alabama star QB Tua Tagovailoa was hittin' them high notes -- singin' Marvin Gaye in his hospital bed Sunday night -- a day after enduring a super serious and … Motown Unreleased 1965: Marvin Gaye. "[17], David Hepworth described the album as "like a jazz record not merely because it had jazz manners and was slathered in strings and employed congas and triangle as its most prominent form of percussion...But it's also jazz in the sense that...[i]t plays like one long single. For those of us who live where peace is craved. [36], A remastered deluxe edition with 28 additional tracks was released on May 31, 2011, to similar acclaim. [15] Gaye loved the sound and decided to keep it and use it for the duration of the album. [42] The album is Gaye's highest-ranking entry on the list, as well as several other publications' lists. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 100, based on ten reviews.[37]. Turn on, on, feel it, feel. Smith and Sands accidentally mixed the two lead vocal takes together. Lo Mejor De Marvin Gaye. Lyrics to 'Right On' by Marvin Gaye. Gaye recorded the album between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit, and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California. Read about Right On by Marvin Gaye and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Go directly to shout page. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On broke the Motown mold as Gaye delivered one of the most personal albums of all time: impassioned, outraged, haunting, beautiful and altogether unexpected. When Gaye heard the playback to what Fontaine thought was simply a demo, Gaye instantly decided that the riff was the ideal way to start the song. A truncated version of "God Is Love" follows "Save the Children" and makes references to God. Marvin Gaye was a soul singer-songwriter with Motown in the 1960s and 1970s. [5][6][7] Gaye would befriend three of the Lions teammates, Mel Farr, Charlie Sanders and Lem Barney, as well as then Detroit Pistons star Dave Bing. The album's rhythm tracks and sound overdubs were recorded at Hitsville, or Studio A, while the strings, horns, lead and background vocals were recorded at Golden World, or Studio B. One night, while holed up at a Detroit apartment, Gaye attempted suicide with a handgun, only to be saved from committing the act by Berry Gordy's father. Thank you."[10]. I know that's alright. In 1985, writers on British music weekly the NME voted it best album of all time. "Save the Children" was an emotional plea to help disadvantaged children, warning, "who really cares/who's willing to try/to save a world/that is destined to die? The lyric, "I know, I'm hooked my friend, to the boy, who makes slaves out of men", references heroin as "boy", which was slang for the drug. What's Going On is a concept album with most of its songs segueing into the next and has been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends with a reprise of the album's opening theme. "[18] Gordy mentioned later that he feared no one would buy songs with a jazz influence after his attempt to be a record store owner of a jazz shop folded after a year, years prior to starting Motown. The album had a modest commercial reception in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom; "Save the Children" reached number 41 on the latter country's singles chart, while the album reached number 56 twenty-five years after its original release. Everyday, that's alright. [41] In 1998 Q magazine readers placed it at number 97, while in 2001 the TV network VH1 placed it at number 4. The singer responded to Terrell's death by refusing to perform onstage for several years. Sexual Healing. Leave feedback, Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. (2 April 1939 - 1 April 1984) was an American. Carnival King. Marvin Gaye. [14] BBC Music's David Katz described the album as "one of the greatest albums of all time, and nothing short of a masterpiece" and compared it to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue by saying "its non-standard musical arrangements, which heralded a new sound at the time, gives it a chilling edge that ultimately underscores its gravity, with subtle orchestral enhancements offset by percolating congas, expertly layered above James Jamerson's bubbling bass". [16][15] Upon its release, the song became a hit and was Motown's fastest-selling single at the time, peaking at number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles Chart, and peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. [13] Afterwards, Gaye told his brother, "I didn't know how to fight before, but now I think I do. Scrobbling is when Last.fm tracks the music you listen to and automatically adds it to your music profile. In 2003, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Marvin Gaye. I'm not a poet. [2], Gaye started to experience more international success around this time as both a solo artist with hits such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" and as a dual artist with Tammi Terrell, but Gaye said during this time that he felt he "didn't deserve" his success and he felt like "a puppet - Berry's puppet, Anna's puppet. That September, Gaye approached Gordy with the "What's Going On" song while in California where Gordy had relocated. The opening 30 seconds of the album's first track, which feature layered vocals, horns, and polyrhythm. "[3][4][2] In March of 1970, Gaye's singing partner Terrell died of a brain tumor. Marvin Gaye - Right On Lyrics. Benson said later that Gaye tweaked and enriched the song, "added some things that were more ghetto, more natural, which made it seem like a story and not a song ... we measured him for the suit and he tailored the hell out of it. It had all gone wrong for Marvin since our talk. In 2008, F. Gary Gray ( Friday , Straight Outta Compton ) … I was very much affected by letters my brother was sending me from Vietnam, as well as the social situation here at home. Reviewer Eric Henderson of Slant stated the song had an "understandably mournful tone" in response to the fallout of the late 1960s counterculture movements. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" was another emotional plea, this time for the environment. - Marvin Gaye producer credit at right of spindle hole - Track A6 has "(The Ecology" part of the song title printed inside of the writing credit on the label - "A Product of Motown Record Corp." at bottom of labels - Album title "WHAT'S GOING ON" in all caps and quotes atop artist MARVIN GAYE … [16] Stunned by the news, Gordy drove to Gaye's home to discuss making a complete album, stating Gaye could do what he wanted with his music if he finished the record within 30 days before the end of March[10] and thus effectively giving him the right to produce his own albums. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2021 Green Transparent, Poster, Gatefold Vinyl release of What's Going On on Discogs. Marvin Gaye, byname of Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., (born April 2, 1939, Washington, D.C., U.S.—died April 1, 1984, Los Angeles, California), American soul singer-songwriter-producer who, to a large extent, ushered in the era of artist-controlled popular music of the 1970s.. Gaye’s father was a storefront preacher; his mother was a domestic worker. Jamerson, who couldn't sit properly on his seat after arriving to the session drunk, performed his bass riffs, written for him by the album's arranger David Van De Pitte, on the floor. Immediately after learning about the song, many of Motown's musicians, known as The Funk Brothers noted that there was a different approach with Gaye's record from that used on other Motown recordings, and Gaye complicated matters by only bringing in a few of the members while bringing his own recruits, including drummer Chet Forest. "[23] Richie Unterberger found the album somewhat overrated, writing in The Rough Guide to Rock (2003) that much of its "meandering introspection" paled in comparison to its three singles. [10] Longtime Funk Brothers members Jack Ashford, James Jamerson and Eddie Brown participated in the recording. "[10] The singer's brother Frankie wrote in his autobiography, My Brother Marvin, that while reuniting at their former childhood home in Washington, D.C., Frankie's recalling of his tenure at the war made both brothers cry. [17], "What's Going On" features soulful, passionate vocals and multi-tracked background singing, both by Gaye. [10] Gaye's trademark multi-layering vocal approach came off initially as an accident by engineers Steve Smith and Kenneth Sands. I know that's alright. Initially, Gaye planned to be a supper-club singer specializing in standards and jazz, but Gordy wanted him to aim toward a younger audience. "[20], The Absolute Sound described the album as “a brilliant psychedelic soul song-cycle. [24], According to Paul Gambaccini, Gaye's death in 1984 prompted a critical re-evaluation of the album, and most reviewers have since regarded it as an important masterpiece of popular music. The laid-back sessions of the single were credited to lots of "marijuana smoke and rounds of Scotch". [17] Henderson also wrote that "Gaye's choice to emphasize humanity at its most charitable rather than paint bleak pictures of destruction and disillusionment is characteristic of the album that follows."[17]. I had a mind of my own and I wasn't using it. Guess I seriously underestimated him. He has also been credited with promoting awareness of ecological issues before the public outcry over them had become prominent. The Lyrics for Right On by Marvin Gaye have been translated into 1 languages. "[8][9] Returning to Detroit, Motown songwriter Al Cleveland wrote and composed a song based on his conversations with Benson of what he had seen in Berkeley. [14], On June 1, 1970, Gaye entered Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. studios to record "What's Going On". Oh just feel it, feel it. Benson eventually convinced Gaye that it was his song. Marvin Gaye. Hey baby That's alright, people I know that's alright Everybody that's alright Oh, when we love each other I know that's alright Oh feel it. Motown executive Harry Balk recalled trying to get Gordy to release the song at the end of the year, to which Gordy replied to him, "that Dizzy Gillespie stuff in the middle, that scatting, it's old. [15] Sands later explained that Gaye had wanted him to bring him the two lead vocal takes for "What's Going On" for advice on which one he should use for the final song. 45. But I can do it with music."[13]. When Fontaine said he was "just goofing around", Gaye being pleased with the results replied, "Well, you goof off exquisitely. In 2001, a deluxe edition of the album was released, featuring a recording of Gaye's May 1972 concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Broad-ranging surveys of critics, musicians, and the general public have shown that What's Going On is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time and a landmark recording in popular music. Do you know any background info about this track? I've always admired Marvin Gaye, but I didn't expect that he would be one of them. Benson sent the song to the Four Tops but his band mates turned the song down. Top Marvin Gaye Lyrics. I'm not a painter. [10] As a result, Gaye angrily responded to Gordy's alleged putdown by going on strike until Gordy changed his mind. 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