Today on ‘Tickets @ 2’ keep an ear out for Marvin Gaye’s version of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.”
A new Motown act Gladys Knight and the Pips recorded the song first, entering the Top 40 in November 1967, going to #2 in America.
Barrett Strong got the idea for the song when he was living in Chicago and heard lots of people using the phrase “I heard it through the grapevine.” Barrett took the song to Motown writer Norman Whitfield, who helped complete it.
It’s the longest running Motown # 1 in the US, where it was the champ of the chart for 7 weeks. It was also a sensation in the UK as well, where it was #1 for 3 weeks.
Creedence Clearwater Revival released an 11-minute version in 1970 for their Cosmo’s Factory album. It was one of the few songs that they didn’t write.
Marvin Gaye’s smash was released in 1968.
When we play Marvin’s version between two and three we’ll take lucky caller 13 to win a pair of tickets to see Peter Frampton Saturday August 24th under the stars at the Greek Theatre. Call 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) – Good Luck!