Did You Know: “What’s Goin’ On?” By Marvin Gaye

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Our Monday ‘Tickets @ 2′ song of the day is Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On?”

Written by Motwon songwriter Al Cleveland and Four Tops member Renaldo “Obie” Benson. The three were golfing buddies. This was one of the first Motown songs to make a powerful statement.

Gaye was a talented football player, while he never played in the NFL, he was good friends with Mel Farr and Lem Barney, who played for the Detroit Lions. “What’s Goin’ On” was an expression they used to greet each other. Farr and Barney were at the recording session and are heard singing back up on the track.

Gaye was deeply affected by the death of duet partner Tammi Terrell, leading him to infuse messages in his songs.

We’ll take caller #7 when you hear it play between two and three for a four-pack of tickets to the L.A. County Fair. Call in when you hear the cue at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784).

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