“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” may have been the best single release of all time, or very clsoe to it. “What’s Going On,” released just over a year later, was almost as good.
It was a smoother performance than usual for Marvin Gaye as he began to fuse black and white music. The message was one of poverty and war but with an underlying message of hope.
It was a huge hit on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It first reached the chart during Feb. of 1971 and eventually spent three weeks in the number two position.
Very few vocal performances have ever sounded as relaxed as this one.