Thursday, May 20, 2021

Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' Album Turns 50 + Local Covers

American soul man Marvin Gaye's groundbreaking album, What's Going On, was released 50 years ago.

There is a local connection to the album. Hamilton Blues legend, Harrison Kennedy played harmonica on the sessions for the album when he was a member of the Detroit group, Chairmen of the Board. Unfortunately, none of his work was used for the final recording but he has fond memories of the experience.

"Competition for recording with any of the major groups was intense," Harrison said, "That’s what I respected about the work ethic those days."


Here are a few local cover of tunes from the legendary album.

And now a song from the man himself:

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