[18] Billboard ranked it as the No. [32] In 2003, Q magazine placed the song 64th out of its 1001 Best Songs Ever. Upset, he discussed what he witnessed with friend and songwriter Al Cleveland, who in turn wrote and composed a song to reflect Benson's concerns. “What’s Going On” was a response to a war that claimed the lives of over 3 million people – more than half of them Vietnamese civilians. “What’s Going On” was released at the time the Vietnam War was still raging in 1971. Lyrics to 'What's Up' by 4 Non Blondes: 25 years of my life and still I'm trying to get up that great big hill of hope For a destination I realized quickly when I knew I should That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man *sales figures based on certification alone, "What's Going On (song)" redirects here. [10], Jamerson was pulled into the session after Gaye located him playing with a band at a local bar. "What's Going On" is a song by American singer Marvin Gaye, released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary Tamla. The What's Going On album takes on many issues, including the environment ("Mercy Mercy Me") and poverty ("Inner City Blues"). All singers who participated in the project are: C. J. Lewis, Andrew Roachford, Yazz, Aswad, Edwin Starr, Peter Cunnah of D Ream, Kim Appleby, MAD Jones of BAD, Rozalla, Tony Di Bart, Paul Young, Paul Carrack, Angie Brown of Ramona 55, Jimmy Ruffin, Omar Lye-Fook, Apache Indian, Worlds Apart, Kaos, The Pasadenas, Gus Isidore, Jools Holland, Mark King of Level 42, Nik Kershaw, Larry Adler and Dannii Minogue. "[10] Gaye titled it "What's Going On". "What's Going On" is a song by American singer Marvin Gaye, released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary Tamla. Serving two good causes at once, What's Going On: All-Star Tribute benefits the United Way's September 11th Fund and Artists Against AIDS Worldwide with performances from stars such as Bono, Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child, 'N Sync, Lil' Kim, the Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears. On the album version, the song starts off with a series of gunshots in reference to the Vietnam War while the single release is a remix with an alternate vocal used in the intro. The song was recorded shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks, and it was decided afterwards that a portion of the song's proceeds would benefit the American Red Cross' September 11 fund as well. With the release of "What's Going On," Marvin Gaye almost immediately became "deep" in the eyes of the world, a three-dimensional icon instead of a two-dimensional one. 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Looking at this song for a history assignment, it’s really good! A music video was directed by Jake Scott. Original lyrics of Whats Going On song by 4 Non Blondes. 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"What's Going On" was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1972 including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), but failed to win in any of the categories. This was released as a single on Island Records. This song is sung by Kunal Ganjawala. The song was co-written by Renaldo 'Obie' Benson, Al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye, and produced by Gaye himself. 4 Non Blondes – Whats Going On Lyrics. Oh, what's going on What's going What's going on What's going on. Jermaine Dupri and Bono produced the radio single version, whose performers included Destiny's Child, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, NSYNC, Darren Hayes of Savage Garden, Jennifer Lopez, Ja Rule, Nas, Lil' Kim, Sean Combs, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Eve, Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Wyclef Jean and Gaye's own daughter Nona, among other artists. It was written by a member of the Four Tops who refused to record it. America was in a state of turmoil – protests against the Vietnam War resulted in widespread violence and police brutality. Gaye recorded the album between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit, and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California. Musician and songwriter Elgie Stover, who later served as a caterer for Bill Clinton and was then a Motown staffer and confidante of Gaye's, was the man who opened the song's track with the words, "hey, man, what's happening?" '"[11] Gaye was also influenced by emotional conversations shared between him and his brother Frankie, who had returned from three years of service at the Vietnam War and his namesake cousin's death while serving troops. =). Marvin Gaye turned to drugs after a lifetime of physical and mental abuse by his “father”. His tolerance was incredible. Simply a masterpiece one of the greatest and most important songs of all time, a marvel of American music, and the masterpiece of both Marvin Gaye and Motown Records. When Fontaine protested that he was just "goofing around", Gaye replied "you goof off exquisitely, thank you. Marvin had a new song, What’s Going On, which was prompted by the unprovoked police brutality its co-composer, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, witnessed in May 1969. For other songs, see, (Marvin Gaye; Al Cleveland; Renaldo Benson), (Cyndi Lauper; Jeff Bova; Jimmy Bralower; Lennie Petze), sfn error: no target: CITEREFLynskey2011 (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFBowman2006 (, Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me), Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), "Marvin Gaye - 45 years ago! 29 to find. / What’s Going On / All You Need Is Love / Imagine / Man in the Mirror, What’s Going On (Mick Guzauski’s Pop Mix), What’s Going On (Diddy’s Bad Boy OG Remix), Medley II (Live at the London Palladium, 1977). [8] Upset by the situation, Benson said to author Ben Edmonds that as he saw this, he asked, "'What is happening here?' What's up 25 years and I'm alive here still Trying to get up that great big hill of hope For a destination I realized quickly when I knew I should That the world was made up of this Brotherhood of man For whatever that means Try to play the chords with a light "jazzy" feel to them, and slide the chords i want to :D Chords used Emaj7 C#m7 F#m7 A/B B13 Am7 Bm7 779897 9x999x x9x9 10 … Benson and Cleveland brought the song to Marvin, reworked it as a group, and convinced him to record it as his own song. [15] The rhythm tracks and the song's overdubs were done at Hitsville, while strings, horns, lead and background vocals were recorded at Golden World Studios.[12]. [13] Gaye also added his own instrumentation, playing piano and keyboards while also playing a box drum to help accentuate Chet Forest's drumming. General CommentThis song means so much to me, not least because my father used to have this playing all the time when i was a kid. Once Gaye heard Fontaine's riff, he told Fontaine to go home. There were 37 were shot with one student blinded and another white boy dying. When Gaye initially thought the song's moody feel would be appropriate to be recorded by The Originals, Benson convinced Gaye to record it as his own song. He loved it because I had written Jamerson licks for Jamerson." “What’s Going On” is on our CD/DVD, PFC3! Marvin Gaye in 1970. On October 30, 2001, a group of popular recording artists under the name "Artists Against AIDS Worldwide" released an album containing multiple versions of "What's Going On" to benefit AIDS programs in Africa and other impoverished regions. In 1970, Marvin Gaye was Motown’s top male vocal star, yet he was frustrated by the assembly-line role he played on his own hits. Annie Jamerson recalls that when he returned home that night, he declared that the song they had been working on was a 'masterpiece', one of the few occasions where he had discussed his work so passionately with her. The song “What’s Going On?” by Marvin Gaye is unique among the diverse field of anti-war songs. I'm not protesting, I want to know what's going on. The song eventually sold more than two million copies, becoming then the fastest-selling Motown single at the time. “What’s Going On” is a very powerful political song performed by the late American singer Marvin Gaye. The remake of "What's Going On" was the first of the Rock Aid Armenia releases in aid of those suffering from the 1988 Armenian earthquake. What’s Going On is an exquisite plea for peace on Earth, sung by a man at the height of crisis. The song was titled “What’s Up”, despite the phrase not appearing in its lyrics, to avoid confusion with the Marvin Gaye song “What’s Going On”. Three years before, the black civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr had been assassinated. Before presenting the song to Gordy, he produced a false fade to the song, bringing the song back for a few seconds after it was initially to have ended. In the Groove/I Heard It Through the Grapevine! "mvdbase.com - Cyndi Lauper - "What's going on? That's taking things too far. In 1970, Marvin Gaye was Motown’s top male vocal star, yet he was frustrated by…, What’s Going On (Junior Vasquez’s club mix), What’s Going On (The Neptunes This One’s for You mix), What’s Going On (Fred Durst’s Reality Check mix), What’s Going On (J. Dupri Original Remix), Peace & Love Medley: Where Is the Love? On hearing a playback of the song, Gaye asked his engineer Kenneth Sands to give him his two vocal leads to compare what he wanted to use for the song's release. the emotion in Marvin's voice in this song is unparalleled by any other singer i have heard in recent years. Benson later said Gaye tweaked and enriched the song, "added some things that were more ghetto, more natural, which made it seem like a story than a song... we measured him for the suit and he tailored the hell out of it. If we can take each other by the hand, show everyone what this land can be like…maybe there can be a brighter tomorrow. [7], The song's inspiration came from Renaldo "Obie" Benson, a member of the Motown vocal group the Four Tops, after he and the group's tour bus arrived at Berkeley on May 15, 1969. [14] Later Gaye brought Lem Barney and Mel Farr as well as Bobby Rogers of The Miracles to record the song's background vocal track. this is a song that says it all. It was the title track of his album What's Going On?, released in May 1971. What's going on? [10], sales+streaming figures based on certification alone, The song was reviewed by Slant magazine as a song that presented a contradictory sound, with the song's mournful tone going in contrast to the party atmosphere of the vocal chatter. Sands ended up mixing the leads together, by accident. [10], Anxious for Marvin Gaye product, Balk got Motown's sales vice president Barney Ales to release the song, releasing it on January 17, 1971, pressing 100,000 copies of the song and promoting the single to radio stations across the country. Until then, like most Motown artists, he had lots of hit singles but album sales were secondary. The duration of song is 04:41. Gaye, himself, had been inspired by social ills committed in the United States, citing the 1965 Watts riots as a turning point in his life in which he asked himself, "'With the world exploding around me, how am I supposed to keep singing love songs? Later topping the Hot Soul Singles chart for five weeks and crossing over to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, it would sell over two milli… Picket lines (Sister) and picket signs (Sister), Picket lines (Brother) and picket signs (Brother), Don't punish me (Brother) with brutality (Brother), What’s Going On is an exquisite plea for peace on Earth, sung by a man at the height of crisis. Oh, what's going on What's going on Yeah, what's going on Ah, what's going on In the mean time Right on, baby Right on Right on Mother, mother, everybody thinks we're wrong Oh, but who are they to judge us Simply because our hair is long Oh, you know we've got to find a way To bring some understanding here today Oh Picket lines and picket signs [45] The album contains the single along with eight additional remixes. The message it sends is not overtly critical of war, nor does it display any amount of contempt for those that wage violence in war. With What’s Going On, Gaye presented to Gordy, who ran Motown as if it lived and died by the hit single, what might be considered the studio’s first concept album. The song's success forced Gordy to allow Gaye to produce his own music, giving him an ultimatum to complete an album by the end of March, later resulting in the What's Going On album itself. A list of lyrics, artists and songs that contain the term "whats going on" ... Search results for 'whats going on' Yee yee! Bless Michael Jackson as he tired to help heal the world before he was taken way too soon…Marvin carry on…. Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo "Obie" Benson, the song was composed by Benson, Al Cleveland, and Gaye and produced by Gaye himself. The B-side was "A Cool Wind Is Blowing", Armenian duduk music played by Djivan Gasparyan. In March 1987, it was released as the third single from the album. In New Zealand it went Gold for selling over 5,000 units. Gaye met the deadline, delivering the album What’s Going On, one of the greatest in pop history. Learn to play guitar by chord / tabs using chord diagrams, transpose the key, watch video lessons and much more. In 1969 Richard Nixonwas elected as America’s 37th president. The record was produced by Steve Levine and the executive producers were Fraser Kennedy and Jon Dee. Mother, mother Everybody thinks we're wrong Oh, but who are they to judge us Simply because our hair is long Oh, you know we've got to find a way To bring some understanding here today The song marked Gaye's departure from the Motown Sound towards more personal material. The initial success of this led to a further 100,000 to reach demand, selling over 200,000 copies within a week. In order to understand the essence of What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye’s album released in 1971, we need to start with a letter.One of the many that Frankie, his younger brother, sent to Marvin. 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[29] In reviewing the What's Going On album, Rolling Stone critic Vince Aletti stated that while the song's lyrics were "hardly brilliant", the song itself helped to set the mood for the rest of the album, and that "without overreaching they capture a certain aching dissatisfaction that is part of the album's mood."[30]. 21 song for 1971. It took a hell a lot to get him smashed." In 2004 and 2010, "What's Going On" was ranked #4 on the Rolling Stone list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", making it the highest Marvin Gaye song on the list. This cover was released as a benefit single released in memory of the Rwandan genocide and is also on the album Now That's What I Call Music! In 1999, music writers Paul Gambaccini and Kevin Howlett listed the song #74 on BBC Radio 2's Songs of the Century. It was his first album to credit him as a producer and to credit Motown's in-house studio band, the session musicians known as What's Going On is not only Marvin Gaye's masterpiece, it's the most important and … Cyndi Lauper covered "What's Going On" on her second album, True Colors, in 1986. If you listen really closely you can hear so many different layers to this song, it is truly amazing. Right on, baby Right on Right on. Ooh, ooh ooh And I try, oh my God, do I try I try all the time in this institution And I pray, oh my God, do I pray I pray every single day for a revolution And so I cry sometimes When I'm lying in bed Just to get it all out What's … In 1994, the song was covered in the Music Relief '94. Comment and share your favourite lyrics. He could really put that stuff away, and then sit down and still be able to play. Inspired by tales of the Vietnam War brought back by his brother Frankie, Gaye wrote the lines, “Brother, brother, brother/ There’s far too many of you dying.” Instead of relying on other producers to help him with the song, Gaye, inspired by recent successes of his productions for the vocal act, The Originals, decided to produce the song himself, mixing up original Motown in-house studio musicians such as James Jamerson and Eddie Brown with musicians he recruited himself. We've found 47,482 lyrics, 4 artists, and 49 albums matching whats going on.. Year: Apply. Lauper's cover was a modest hit worldwide. Quality Control, the Motown board that passed inspection on all prospective singles, gave “What’s Going On” a thumbs down (at the company, only Stevie Wonder defended the song). [10] The opening soprano saxophone line, provided by musician Eli Fontaine, was not originally intended. The collaboration was a success worldwide, peaking within the top ten on the charts of Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom and the top twenty on the charts of Flanders, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. "[10], Gaye entered the recording studio, Hitsville USA, on June 1, 1970 to record "What's Going On". It was the first album Gaye released that sold a lot of copies. Whats Goin' On (व्हाट्स गोइन' ऑन) song from the album Salaam Namaste is released on Aug 2005. Benson wanted to give the song to his group but the other Four Tops turned down the request. However, the song failed to reach the US top ten unlike Lauper's previous two singles from her True Colors album including the title track and "Change of Heart", reaching #12. The video for the song, directed by Andy Morahan,[34] was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. When Gordy heard the song after Gaye presented the song to him in California, he turned down Gaye's request to release it, telling Gaye he felt it was "the worst thing I ever heard in my life". Watch official video, print or download text in PDF. In 2016, it was voted #2 in "Detroit's 100 Greatest Songs",[31] a project based on voting by music experts and the public, conducted by the Detroit Free Press. Berry Gordy tried to block its release, calling it “the worst thing I’ve ever heard.” In March 2012, New Musical Express named it the #33 Greatest 1970s song on their list.[33]. The version credited to Live Aid Armenia featured Aswad, Errol Brown, Richard Darbyshire, Gail Ann Dorsey, Boy George, David Gilmour, Nick Heyward, Mykaell S. Riley, Labi Siffre, Helen Terry, Ruby Turner, Elizabeth Westwood and the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra. This song is the white police officers shooting white students at UC Berkeley’s People’s park. - Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs. [12] De Pitte recalled that it was a track that Jamerson greatly respected: "On 'What's Going On' though, he just read the [bass] part down like I wrote it. In 2004, the Detroit publication Metro Times named it the "Greatest Detroit Song of All Time" out of 100 songs on the list. What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It is the single version that most often appears on Lauper compilations. The lyrics of the song are inspired by violence and police brutality in America. Why are they attacking their own children in the streets?"[8][9]. The album features 185 musicians from 31 countries, and includes performances from Keith Richards, Andres Calamaro, Toots Hibbert from Toots & The Maytals, Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Keb Mo, and Taj Mahal in addition to a song produced by Jackson Browne. One question led to another. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Greatest Hits, Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye: Never Before Released Masters, The Real Thing: In Performance (1964–1981), If I Could Build My Whole World Around You, Let's Get It On (The M.P.G. Buy it on Amazon. Thanks to club remixes by Shep Pettibone, the song reached #17 on the U.S. dance chart. '"[8] In 1970, Benson presented the untitled song to Marvin Gaye, who added a new melody and revised the song to his liking, adding in his own lyrics. Whats Going On Chords by Three Non Blondes. "[10] The laid-back atmosphere in the studio was brought on by constant marijuana smoking by Gaye and other musicians. [11] During phone conversations with Berry Gordy, who was vacationing in the Bahamas at the time, Gaye had told Gordy that he wanted to record a protest record, to which Gordy said in response, "Marvin, don't be ridiculous. There was plenty going on in 1970s America, and Marvin Gaye’s soulful “What’s Going On” tapped right into it. It also reached #14 on VH1's 100 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time. [3], The song topped Detroit's Metro Times list of the 100 Greatest Detroit Songs of All Time,[4] and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the fourth-greatest song of all time; in its updated 2011 list, the song remained at that position. In 1971 with the Viet Nam war still crippling our world, killing our young people and leaving us feeling hopeless, this song helped my generation cope. Understanding is the lifeblood of a masterpiece album. The song was also notable for its use of major seventh and minor seventh chords, which was a fairly uncommon use at the time. Respected Motown arranger and conductor David Van De Pitte said later to Ben Edmonds that Jamerson "always kept a bottle of [the Greek spirit] Metaxa in his bass case. On the Billboard Hot 100, it reached number two,[17] behind both Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) by The Temptations and Joy to the World by Three Dog Night. (At the very least, it was a groundbreaking experiment in collating a pseudo-classical suite of free-flowing songs.) The song marked Gaye's departure from the Motown Sound of his previous output, towards more personal material. [5] It is included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list, along with two other songs by the singer. Why are they sending kids so far away from their families overseas? One of the song’s writers, singer and songwriter Renaldo “Obie” Benson of the Four Tops was inspired to come up with this song when he witnessed violence and police brutality while in Berkeley, California. [9] Gaye recorded the song's b-side, "God Is Love", on the same day. Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo "Obie" Benson, the song was composed by Benson, Al Cleveland, and Gaye and produced by Gaye himself. The song marked Gaye's departure from the Motown Sound towards more personal material. [6] It was also listed at number fourteen on VH-1's 100 Greatest Rock Songs. The central theme of "What's Going On" and the album of the same name came from Marvin Gaye 's own life. The song not o… and "everything is everything". [8] While there, Benson witnessed police brutality and violence in the city's People's Park during a protest held by anti-war activists in what was hailed later as "Bloody Thursday". [8] "My partners told me it was a protest song", Benson said later, "I said 'no man, it's a love song, about love and understanding. The night Jamerson entered the studio to record the bass lines to the song, Jamerson could not sit properly in his seat and, according to one of the members of the Funk Brothers, laid on the floor playing his bass riffs. Later topping the Hot Soul Singles chart for five weeks and crossing over to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, it would sell over two million copies, becoming Gaye's second-most successful Motown song to date. 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