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“What’s Going On?” by Marvin Gaye

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    “What’s Going On?” is a R&B song recorded Marvin Gaye.

    Song Title: What’s Going On?
    Artist: Marvin Gaye
    Genre: R&B
    Composer: Copyright © Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland
    Lead Vocals: Marvin Gaye
    Backing Vocals: Marvin Gaye and Mel Farr and Lem Barney of the Detroit Lions
    crowd: Marvin Gaye, Mel Farr and Lem Barney of the Detroit Lions, and the Funk Brothers
    Piano: Marvin Gaye
    Bass: James Jamerson
    Saxophone: Eli Fontaine
    Other: Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    Producer: Marvin Gaye
    Recorded: June 10, 1970, Hitsville USA
    Released: February 1971
    Label: Tamla

    Rolling Stone Top 500: What’s Going On? was selected number four (4) in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in May 2011. See Rolling Stone.

    Number of listens: 22428
    Current rank: 80 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 64 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

    
    U.S. Billboard Hot 100: 13 weeks, peak #1 (one)
    R&B: peak #1 (one)
     Billboard chart listings courtesy of Billboard Magazine

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “What’s Going On” is a song written by Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye. It was the title track of Gaye’s groundbreaking 1971 Motown album What’s Going On, and it became a crossover hit single that reached #2 on the pop charts and #1 on the R&B charts. A meditation on the troubles and problems of the world, the song proved a timely and relatable release, and it marked Gaye’s departure from the pop stylings of 1960s-era Motown towards more personal material. The song topped a Metro Times list of the 100 Greatest Detroit Songs Of All Time, and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the fourth greatest song of all time.

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