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On the commemorative fiftieth anniversary of the Billboard Hot issue of Billboard magazine in June , the Marvin Gaye version was ranked as the sixty-fifth biggest song on the chart. It also made the Billboard Hot , but was not a Pop success this time around, peaking at number Arnold on backing vocals.
Marvin Gaye's version of the song is used in the opening credits of The Big Chill as each of the main characters gets to hear through the "grapevine" about the death of their college friend, and then travels to his funeral; the song serves in an extradiegetic fashion to both unite the main characters' friendship and to locate it nostalgically for the viewer.
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Retrieved September 16, Archived from the original on January 21, The Daily Record. Archived from the original on September 25, Retrieved February 1, University of Michigan Press. Recording difficulties aside, Gaye's vocals went through a transition through this period. Perhaps done on purpose, Gaye's earlier collaborator Norman Whitfield and his pupil, Frank Wilson , began to write songs they felt fit the singer's chaotic personal life: Gaye's marriage to Anna Gordy was turbulent as was life on the road in which Gaye grew a constant dislike to live performances and his personal disagreements with Motown CEO Berry Gordy had started to create strain in his relationship with the Motown label.
On top of that, during an October engagement at Hampden-Sydney College with Terrell, the younger Terrell collapsed from exhaustion into Gaye's waiting arms. Terrell was later diagnosed at the end of the year with having a brain tumor , which depressed Gaye. Some speculate Terrell's illness and subsequent death two and a half years later affected Gaye's performances in which he went from being a soul stylist in the same way his idol Sam Cooke had been into a more gospel -influenced soul vocalist who sounded more in par with Otis Redding , James Brown , and Temptations lead singer David Ruffin.
However, during the recording of what would become Gaye's biggest-selling and signature single of his career, " I Heard It Through the Grapevine ", Whitfield decided to force Gaye to raise his vocal register higher than what he was used to, which Whitfield already tried successfully on Ruffin during the recording of the Temptations hit, " Ain't Too Proud to Beg ".
Though Gaye and Whitfield reportedly argued over the sessions of "Grapevine", Whitfield was able to get what he wanted from Gaye, and the duo started a collaboration that lasted into the beginning of When Whitfield presented "Grapevine" to Berry Gordy , the producer was stunned when Gordy turned it down sensing the song "wasn't a hit" and that "it sucked".
The lyrics, which celebrate risk-taking, came out of a conversation Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse had in the studio: The pair decided that their genre-smashing collaborations were indeed "crazy. Fogerty wrote it out of disgust at the fancy wedding plans of Richard Nixon's daughter. Appears on: Willy and the Poor Boys Fantasy. Green recently claimed that Hodges sang him the opening guitar riff on a road trip and they drove miles back to Memphis to record it that night. He has described the song as "like a slow fever, building on the beat, pushing up the temperature with each breath of the staccato horns and pushing through delirium as we came up on the fade.
We always had food on the table. With Lewis pounding the piano and leering, "Great Balls of Fire" was full of Southern Baptist hellfire turned into a near-blasphemous ode to pure lust. Lewis, a Bible-college dropout and cousin to Jimmy Swaggart, refused to sing it at first and got into a theological argument with Phillips that concluded with Lewis asking, "How can the devil save souls? Johnny Cash had already given Perkins the phrase "blue suede shoes" as an idea for a song.
But when he overheard a Tennessee hepcat who was trying to keep the girl he was dancing with from scuffing up his new kicks, Perkins was inspired to write the song that would be his Sun debut. U2 's second Number One single revels in ambivalence — "an anthem of doubt more than faith," Bono has called it. The song was typical of the arduous sessions for The Joshua Tree : Originally called "Under the Weather," it began, like most U2 songs, as a jam. He said, 'That's it! Don't sing any more!
In less than three minutes, this song threw down the blueprint for punk rock. Recorded on the cheap at New York's Radio City Music Hall, of all places, "Blitzkrieg Bop" never made the charts; instead, it almost single-handedly created a world beyond the charts. The kick-off chant "Hey! Let's go! Appears on: Ramones Rhino. The Ramones Gallery. The Ramones Photos.
When Moman presented this song to Presley in , the singer was, as the lyrics put it, "caught in a trap" — a cash cow being milked dry by his label and hangers-on.
That might be why Presley was convinced he could turn the song into a deep-soul hit, even though it had flopped in for singer-songwriter Mark James. Recorded between four and seven in the morning, during the landmark Memphis session that helped return the King to his throne, "Suspicious Minds" — the final Number One single of his lifetime — is Presley's masterpiece: He sings so intensely through the fade-out that his band returns for another minute of the tear-stained chorus.
Five Satins frontman Parris wrote the song while on guard duty in the Army, and the group recorded it in the basement of a church in Parris' hometown of New Haven, Connecticut. The roughness shows: The drums and piano are muffled, the alto sax cracks during the solo, and the backing vocals wander off-key.
But the primitive sound — and the fact that only four of the Five Satins were even present for the session — can't keep "In the Still of the Night," originally released as a B side, from being a sublime, definitive piece of doo-wop. One frigid winter in Manhattan, a song came to John Phillips in the middle of the night. He woke up his young wife, Michelle, who was homesick for the West Coast, to help him finish writing "California Dreamin'," one of the all-time sunniest songs of longing.
The tune was first recorded by Phillips' folk group the New Journeymen and later given to Barry McGuire as a thank-you after McGuire, riding high with "Eve of Destruction," introduced the group to producer Lou Adler, who convinced the Mamas and the Papas to cut it themselves. The Temptations were sharing a bill with Robinson and his group the Miracles at Harlem's Apollo Theater when Robinson took time out to cut the rhythm track for a new song.Lyrics to 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye: Ooh I bet you're wonderin' how I knew 'Bout your plans to make me blue With some other guy you knew before Between the two of us guys you know I love you more It took me by surprise I must say.