“I know a man ain’t supposed to cry”

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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Posted by Glenn

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6 responses to ““I know a man ain’t supposed to cry”

  1. Yeh, Marvin owns this song, but don’t discount Creedence Clearwater Revival. They receive an annoying lot of radio play but they are a great southern rock band with a solid string of excellent releases! SWL!

  2. glennlester

    I do love Creedence, but can’t abide their cover of “Grapevine.” But man, those first couple CCR records are untouchable.

    Have you heard the Minutemen’s cover of “Don’t Look Now”? Top-notch.

  3. Adam Bailey

    i dunno, i kind of like hearing john fogerty singing about how he “hoid it through the grapevine”

  4. Jordy

    The CCR voision is totally overwrought. And Fogerty would agree that he couldn’t touch MG’s take on it. Good post, Glenn. This is one of the finest performances of all time.

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