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Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo "Obie" Bensonthe song was composed by Benson, Al ClevelandWhats Going On (Mobys Version) - Artists Against AIDS Worldwide - Whats Going On Gaye and produced by Gaye himself.
The song marked Gaye's departure from the Motown Sound towards more personal material. Later topping the Hot Soul Singles chart for five weeks and crossing over to I Cant Help Myself - Attention!
- I Cant Help Myself two on the Billboard Hotit would sell over two million copies, becoming Gaye's second-most successful Motown song to date. The song topped Detroit 's Metro Times list of the Greatest Detroit Songs of All Time,  and inRolling Stone magazine ranked it the fourth-greatest song of all time ; in its updated list, the song remained at that position.
The song's inspiration came from Renaldo "Obie" Bensona member of the Motown vocal group the Four Topsafter he and the group's tour bus arrived at Berkeley on May 15, Why are they sending kids so far away from their families overseas? Why are they attacking their own children in the streets? Upset, he discussed what he witnessed to friend and songwriter Al Clevelandwho in turn wrote and composed a song to reflect Benson's concerns. Benson wanted to give the song to his group but the other Four Tops turned down the request.
I'm not protesting, I The Party & The After Party - The Weeknd - House Of Balloons to know what's going on. Benson later said Gaye tweaked and enriched the song, "added some things that were more ghetto, more natural, which made it seem like a story than a song When Gaye initially thought the song's moody feel would be appropriate to be recorded by The OriginalsBenson convinced Gaye to record it as his own song.
Gaye, himself, had been inspired by social ills committed in the United States, citing the Watts riots as a turning point in his life in which he asked himself, "'With the world exploding around me, how am I supposed to keep singing love songs? That's taking things too far. Instead of relying on other producers to help him with the song, Gaye, inspired by recent successes of his productions for the vocal act, The Originalsdecided to produce the song himself, mixing up original Motown in-house studio musicians such as James Jamerson and Eddie Brown with musicians he recruited himself.
Once Gaye heard Fontaine's riff, he told Fontaine to go home. When Fontaine protested that he was just "goofing around", Gaye replied "you goof off exquisitely, thank you. Jamerson was pulled into the session after Gaye located him playing with a band at a local bar. He could really put that stuff away, and then sit down and still be able to play. His tolerance was incredible. It took a hell a lot to get him smashed. He loved it because I had written Jamerson licks for Jamerson.
To add more to the song's laid-back approach, Gaye invited the Detroit Lions players Mel Farr and Lem Barney to the studio and, along with Gaye and the Funk Brothers, added in vocal chatter, engaging in a mock conversation.
Musician and songwriter Elgie Stoverwho later served as a caterer for Bill Clinton and was then a Motown staffer and confidante of Gaye's, was the man who opened the song's track with the words, "hey, man, what's happening?
On hearing a playback of the song, Gaye asked his engineer Kenneth Sands to give him his two vocal leads to compare what he wanted to use for the song's release. Sands ended up mixing the leads together, by accident. However, when he heard it, Gaye was so impressed with the double-lead feel that he kept it, influencing his later recordings where he mastered vocal multi-layering adding in three different vocal parts. Before presenting the song to Gordy, he produced a false fade to the song, bringing the song back for a few seconds after it was initially to have ended.
The song was also notable for its use of major seventh and minor seventh chords, which was a fairly uncommon use at the time. When Gordy heard the song after Gaye presented the song to him in California, he Terveet Kädet - TK II down Gaye's request to release it, telling Gaye he felt it was "the worst thing I ever heard Whats Going On (Mobys Version) - Artists Against AIDS Worldwide - Whats Going On my life".
Anxious for Marvin Gaye product, Balk got Motown's sales vice president Barney Ales to release the song, releasing it on January 17,sendingcopies of the song to radio stations across the country. The View From The Flight Deck. - The Invisible Band! - 13 initial success of this led to a furtherto reach demand, selling overcopies within a week.
The song eventually sold more than two million copies, becoming then the fastest-selling Motown single at the time. The song's success forced Gordy to allow Gaye to produce his own music, giving him an ultimatum to complete an album by the end of March, later resulting in the What's Going On album itself.
The song was reviewed by Slant magazine as a song that presented a contradictory sound, with the song's mournful tone going in contrast to the party atmosphere of the vocal chatter. Init was voted 2 in "Detroit's Greatest Songs",  a project based on voting All Exhale (Trunk Mix) - Luke Slater - All Exhale music experts and the public, conducted by the Detroit Free Press. In Marchit was released as the third single from the album.
On the album version, the song starts off with a series of gunshots in reference to the Vietnam War while the single release is a remix with an alternate vocal used in the intro. It is the single version that most often appears on Lauper compilations. Lauper's cover was a modest hit worldwide.
Thanks to club remixes by Shep Pettibonethe song reached 17 on the U. However, the song failed to reach the US top ten unlike Lauper's previous two singles from her True Colors album including the title track and " Change of Heart ", reaching The remake of "What's Whats Going On (Mobys Version) - Artists Against AIDS Worldwide - Whats Going On On"  was the first of the Rock Aid Armenia releases in aid of those suffering from the Armenian earthquake.
This was released as a single on Island Records. Inthe song was covered in the Music Relief ' This cover was released as a benefit single released in memory of the Rwandan genocide and is also on the album Now That's What I Call Music! All singers who participated in the project are: C.
The song was recorded shortly before the September 11, attacksand it was decided afterwards that a portion of the song's proceeds would benefit the American Red Cross ' September 11 fund as well. The collaboration was a moderate success worldwide, rising to number two in Denmark and Whats Going On (Mobys Version) - Artists Against AIDS Worldwide - Whats Going On the top 20 in Flemish Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
In New Zealand it went Gold for selling over 5, units. On the US Billboard Hotthe cover peaked at number 27, and it additionally reached number 24 on both the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts.
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