I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
#1 November 23, 1968
- Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4th by James Earl Ray.
- The peace movement had continued to grow more and more and more Americans were against the war in Vietnam.
- June 5th Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
- Apollo 8 obits the moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.
- In Europe and America Japanese imported cars and other goods were continuing to rise and trouble the governments, as they worried about industries in their own countries being effected and jobs lost.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
- MOVIES: “2001 Space Odyssey” “Planet of the Apes” “Barbarella”
- T.V.: “Laugh-In,” “Gomer Pyle” and “ Bonanza”
- The Hotties were Raquel Welch, Barbara Eden, Diana Rigg, Barbara Feldon and Jane Fonda.
- The “Summer of Love” was happening in San Francisco.
- Led Zeppelin would play live for the first time, Cream would play their “Farewell” at Royal Albert hall and The Doors’ Jim Morrison, at a Miami concert, drunkedly screeched “There are no rules!” and exposed “Mr. Winky.”
- The Green Bay Packers won Superbowl II. The cost of a Superbowl ad was $54,000.
- Kids were playing with Hot Wheels, Battling Tops, Silly Putty and the game “Don’t Break the Ice”
- Roy Jacuzzi invented the first self-contained, fully integrated whirlpool bath, and named it the Jacuzzi.
- Boeing 747 made its maiden flight.
- This is a landmark song in the history of Motown.
- The single was first recorded in ‘67 by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, then Gladys Knight and the Pips, and it has since become a signature song for Marvin Gaye. CCR released their version of the song in 1970.
- In 2004, it ranked number 80 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
- Here’s Marvin Gaye with I Heard It Through The Grapevine, The number 1 at 1 from November 1968.