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

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 26 18:41:11 EST 2009


Doug, if I remember correctly it was actually Bo Diddley that started the ball rolling with Marvin and company towards Chess in 59. He was the one that introduced them to Harvey Fuqua and that's when they ended up with Chess as the "New Moonglows...or something like that.

Jae Sinnett 


--- On Mon, 1/26/09, Doug Moody <doug at moodysmood.com> wrote:

> From: Doug Moody <doug at moodysmood.com>
> Subject: RE: [JPL] Obama's favorite song "What's Going On"
> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> Date: Monday, January 26, 2009, 6:26 PM
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> 
> Thanks Dick, great memories - got me thinking - Did you
> ever see Marvin
> perform with the Marquees?  I think they only had one
> single (on Okeh) and
> then Marvin started working with Harvey and the Moonglows
> before he joined
> Motown.  Did you have anything to do with getting him to
> Chess?
> 
> Thanks again,
> 
> Doug Moody
> KMFB-FM
> Fort Bragg, California
> 
> 
> 
> 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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