Friday, August 21, 2009

Pandora's Fox: Heard It Through the Grapevine

I was going to start a new blog that would've been dedicated to my exploration of the "music genome project" but I canned that idea. Instead, I'll make this kind of weekly feature.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard Creedence Clearwater Revival perform "Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1970) on my Led Zeppelin station. I had no idea there was another version of this song. The most popular is the Marvin Gaye rendition (1967), but my favorite is the one by Gladys Knight in the Pips (1966). I propose a poll because I want to hear your thoughts: who sang it best? Understand that there a bajillion versions of this song floating around, but for the sake of this exercise, let's look at the four most well-known. To refresh your memory the Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, and CCR tracks are on the mixpod but I can't find the Smokey Robinson (1966) version anywhere but YouTube and of course, I can't embed it.


Random: In second grade, we used HITTG (the Marvin Gaye version) for our dance recital finale. We put on trash bags and oversized sunglasses so we could look like California sun raisins. God, I wish I had that video. I'd get a good laugh out of it.

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