[JPL] Obama's favorite song "What's Going On"

TomtheJazzman tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com
Mon Jan 26 16:36:54 EST 2009


Dick, you are a musical encyclopedia and someone I am proud to have as a 
friend.  ALOHA  Tom

dick lapalm wrote:
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> Marvin Gaye and I first met in 1958 when he was a 19-year-old member 
> of the Washington DC
> doo-wop group, The Marquees.  He was an enormous Nat Cole fan, and we 
> remained extremely
> close friends until that dreadful Sunday of April 1, 1984.  What a loss!!
>
> Regarding What's Going On, Marvin  recorded the song the first week of 
> June 1970, and wanted
> to release it immediately.  Berry Gordy, a master at picking hits, 
> refused and called it "the worst
> record I ever heard".  Marvin was so angry, he threatened to leave the 
> company.  Gordy relented,
> and the single was released in mid-January 1971.  It charted #1 R&B, 
> #2 Pop, and remained on the
> charts for four months.  The album, What's Going On, which included 
> "Inner City Blues" and
> "Mercy Mercy Me", became the highlight of Marvin's career, and his 
> best-known work.
>
> In addition to Quincy Jones, other artists who've recorded the song 
> include Ella Fitzgerald, Michael
> McDonald, Herbie Mann, Donny Hathaway, Take Six, Chaka Khan, Les 
> McCann, Weather Report,
> Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Everette Harp, Frank Potenza, and Cyndi 
> Lauper.
>
> Warm regards,
>
> Dick LaPalm
>
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