What do you recall as a classic song from the 1960s? Motown used to give a song to one group and then have another artist record the same song.
For example, here is the 1967 version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” from Gladys Knight and the Pips that went to number two on the Billboard chart:
And here is Marvin Gaye’s version from 1968. It went to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks from December 1968 to January 1969.
Marvin’s recording has since become an acclaimed soul classic. In 2004, it was 81 on the Rolling Stone magazine list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Sadly, Marvin is gone. But Gladys Knight is still with us and going strong at age 73. Here she is performing one of her classics at last year’s celebration of Martin Luther King’s legacy at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.