The group opened for R&B legends in the 1950s, then headed to Motown and crossed over to pop music. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the group's last hits with Motown before leaving for Buddah Records. Vic Flick, who had played lead guitar on Monty Norman’s original 007 theme, and Eric Clapton were asked to write and perform the theme song, and they produced a theme to match Dalton’s performance, but the producers turned it down. Heard so often, it still sounds bright and alive. An early marker of success for up’n’coming super-producer Norman Whitfield, this irresistible single was one of just two US Hot 100 entries for a girl group signed to a record company awash with them. var gtm4wp_datalayer_name = "dataLayer"; Co-written by Four Tops’ Obie Benson after he’d seen police brutality at a street protest, ‘What’s Going On’ was the African-American hit of 1971, covered by jazz musicians, reggae singers and funkateers alike. Gladys Knight. Gladys Knight Greatest Hits, Best Of Gladys Knight - YouTube What a guy. That its songs still sit among the greatest and most soulful ever recorded is testament to the relentless quality of the artists and songwriters Gordy hired. HITSVILLE U. S. A. and Empire on West Grand Boulevard. “What’s Going On” was released in May 1971 and hailed as Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Motown Anthology - Gladys Knight on AllMusic - 2006 We’re all invited. One doozy of a catchy tune, penned by Motown backroom legends Holland-Dozier-Holland alongside Canadian singer Richard Dean Taylor. 1. By 1972, Atlanta’s finest are getting itchy feet, but their first and only date with producer Joe Porter provides a fitting farewell, penned by a former college football whiz, Jim Weatherly: “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye).” The single reaches No. Gladys Knight casts an eye over a love she’s lost – and knows she could do better than his woman. var ajaxurl = "https://classic.motown.com/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php"; Thank you for registering! Norman had previously lab-tested “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” with others, but nothing proved fruitful. While you’re reading, listen to our Motown Greatest Hits playlist here. 01:54. In the mid-60s, Barrett Strong became the lyrical lynchpin for the symphonic songs of Norman Whitfield, but before that he was quite something as a singer-songwriter, delivering this massive monetary smash in 1961, as covered by The Beatles on their With The Beatles album. Inspired by the view of a Vietnam veteran about love in the face of conflict. The world-famous Supreme queen’s 1980 meeting with disco maestros Chic was not without controversy: she remixed the album they created for her. feat: Gladys Knight & the Pips. Gladys Knight won Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour in 1952 at the age of seven. Best Motown Songs: 50 Essential Tracks To Get You Dancing In The Street 1: ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell) 2: ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ (Diana Ross And The Supremes) 1 R&B, of course) and nets the group a Grammy® award, their first, early the following year. Written by Smokey Robinson, this was Mary Wells’ biggest hit for Motown – and more or less marked the end of her tenure at the label. 1 on the R&B rankings. ‘Feeling Good’: Nina Simone’s Joyous Emancipation Anthem, ‘Beautiful Day’: The Dawn Of A New Era For U2, Best Chet Baker Pieces: 20 Jazz Essentials, Best Pat Benatar Songs: 15 Power Ballads and Pop-Rock Bangers, About Us • Contributors • Terms of Service • Privacy Policy • © 2020 uDiscoverMusic, Photos: Motown Records Archives (Rick James), Motown/EMI Hayes Archives (Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, Martha And The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye). The quartet from Atlanta, Georgia, had earned respect and one major hit by the time they signed to Berry Gordy’s business in 1966.