What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye – Motown Monday

We definitely need some loving here today as the lyrics say in What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

It just seems to be one spell of sad and violent news after the other these days. The lyrics for What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye were partly inspired by the stories his brother told him when he came back from the Vietnam War, but the fact that they’re still so relevant today shows that there’s something about the human condition that we need to address. The quest for universal love continues.

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye was one of the first Motown songs to make a powerful political statement and the album of the same name also addressed other issues including the environment (“Mercy Mercy Me”) and poverty (“Inner City Blues”).

It is reported that Marvin Gaye wrote this song when he could no longer take refuge in his love songs. His duet partner and friend Tammi Terrell collapsed into his arms during a concert and died in 1970, drug use was pervading the inner city culture and Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were all gunned down.


Motown is a definitely a legacy worthy of a lot or respect. What that record company managed to achieve through music cannot be overstated, particularly given the zeitgeist of the era in which it was started.

Working from the appropriately titled Hitsville Recording Studios, Motown churned out hots after hits, year after year. Their success is not limited to their impact on the music charts but their impact on the culture and the thinking of the people their music reached. It would be fair to say that Motown played a major role in easing racial tension in a then completely segregated America.

To that end, we have created Motown Monday to celebrate and show some respect to some of the amazing music that Motown has blessed us with over the years.

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