For those of you not keeping up with this sort of thing, my HERE'S TO YOU post falls on Thursday the 31st. Battle of the Bands is on the 1st of each month. That is just not working out well for this blog. So, I am going to run my Battle of The Bands post a few days early so that it isn't backing right up on my Thursday post. Make sense? Yeah, I thought so.
So, today is another face-off in Battle of The Bands. Woohoo!
I am going to take just a moment and tell you that blogs, like life, simply do not go as planned. I had a totally different match-up slated for today. That all changed when I posted on Monday (Spin City). At the end of that post I referenced some lyrics from the song I Heard It Through The Grapevine. And then THAT song was on my brain. I quite unintentionally did an Arlee Bird tease about my BOTB song. Ha!
So I went on to Wikipedia to see what light it had to shed on this song. The song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966. First to record it was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, but Motown Owner, Berry Gordy, rejected it. Marvin Gaye then recorded it but Berry Gordy rejected it. Gladys Knight & The Pips recorded it and Berry Gordy decided that was the Winner! It went to #2 on the Billboard charts. They released it as a single in September 1967. However, Marvin Gaye must have really liked the song because he added it to his 1968 album In The Groove. Radio disc jockeys started playing the song and Gordy finally agreed to release it as a single. It went to the top of the Billboard Pop Charts and stayed there for seven weeks AND became the biggest hit single on the Motown label.
As an aside, Credence Clearwater Revival (CCR) also recorded the song on their 1970 album Cosmo's Factory. You can go listen to it if you want on YouTube. It sounds very CCR. Not saying that is a bad thing... or a particularly good thing, in the case of this song. (source)
Today's match-up is Marvin Gaye vs. Gladys Knight & The Pips. Barry Gordy took a pass on Marvin Gaye's version in favor of Gladys & The Pips. The public (by and large) disagreed with him, but that was back in the late 60s. The question is this: Was Gordy right to choose Gladys & The Pips over Marvin Gaye???? Today, we will pretend that you are the owner of the Motown label. Which version is better? You be the judge!
The man who recorded it second... Marvin Gaye:
And Gordy's favorite... Gladys Knight & The Pips:
Remember YOU are the owner of Motown this time around, so vote in the comments. And PLEASE tell me why you think one song is better than the other. You have until the 7th to get your votes in... it will be in that week's Thursday post.
Blogs that will be posting Battle of The Bands on the 1st:
Far Away Series, FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS, Tossing It Out, DiscConnected,
and Alex J. Cavanaugh
I hope you check them all out. In the case of the first three there are prizes to be won just for voting!