Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” from In the Groove (1968)
It took shelved versions by the Isley Brothers and Marvin himself before Berry Gordy would agree to release Gladys Knight and the Pips’s version of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” as a single. Against Gordy’s non-promotion, Gladys’s version shot to #1. After Marvin put an early version on In the Groove, the song was requested more often than the official single and eventually released as such, outselling Gladys’s “Grapevine” and becoming Motown’s biggest seller until young whippersnappers the Jackson 5 came along.
Then, of course, CCR recorded their reprehensible cover. Listen to this one, though, and weep.
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