The Miracles first recorded the song on August 16,  and included their version on their album, Special Occasion. The Marvin Gaye version was placed on his album In the Groovewhere it gained the attention of radio disc jockeys, and Motown founder Berry Gordy finally agreed to its release as a single in Octoberwhen it went to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks from December to January and became for a time the biggest hit single on the Motown label Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
The Gaye recording has since become an acclaimed soul classic, and init was placed 81 on the Rolling Stone list of The Greatest Songs of All Time. On the commemorative fortieth anniversary of the Billboard Hot issue of Billboard magazine in JuneMarvin Gaye's "Grapevine" was ranked sixty-fifth. It was also inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant" value.
In addition to being released several times by Motown artists, the song has been recorded by a range of musicians including Creedence Clearwater Revivalwho made an eleven-minute interpretation for their album, Cosmo's Factory. The lyrics tell the Lofzang Van Simeon - Various - Dag In.Dag Uit in the first person of the singer's feelings of betrayal and disbelief when he hears of his girlfriend's infidelity only indirectly "through the 'grapevine'".
ByBarrett Strong, the singer on Motown Records' breakthrough hit, " Money That's What I Want ", had the basics of a song he had started to write in Chicago, where the idea had come to him while walking down Michigan Avenue that people were always saying "I heard it through the grapevine". The first known recording is with the Miracles on August 6,though there may also have been a recording with the Isley Brothersor at least Untitled 4 - Copkiller / Roro Perrot - Copkiller / Roro Perrot intended to record it with them; however, a track has not turned up — some Motown historians believe that a session may have been scheduled but cancelled.
Marvin Gaye's version was recorded in springand is the second known recording, though it was also rejected by Gordy as a single, and would also later go onto the album In the Groove. The third recording was in with Gladys Knight and the Pips in a new, faster arrangement.
Gordy accepted the new arrangement and the Gladys Knight version was released as a single in Septemberreaching number 2 in the charts.
When Gaye's album with his version of Grapevine was released in Augustradio disc jockeys were playing the song, so Gordy had it released as a single in October, and it went to number one in December. Whitfield recorded the song with Marvin Gaye over five sessions, the first on February 3,and the last on April 10, The session featuring Gaye led to an argument between the producer and singer. Whitfield wanted Gaye to perform the song in a higher key than his normal range,  a move that had worked on David Ruffin during the recording of the Temptations ' hit, " Ain't Too Proud to Beg ".
The mixture of Gaye's raspy vocals and the Andantes' sweeter harmonies made Whitfield confident that he had a hit; however, despite approval from Motown's Quality Control Department, Gordy blocked the release. According to David RitzWhitfield set to record a song that would "out-funk" Aretha. After much talk, Gordy reluctantly allowed the Pips' version to be a single LAn Prochain A Jerusalem - Yehoram Gaon / Cilla Dagan / Shula Chen - Pâque September 28,on Motown's Soul label.
Motown put little support behind it and the Pips relied on connections with DJs across the United States to get the record played. It reached two on the Billboard Pop Singles chart  the same month, with the Monkees ' " Daydream Believer " holding top spot. It was Motown's best-selling single Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine that point.
Whitfield wanted Gordy to release Gaye's "Grapevine" as a single, but Gordy didn't want to release another version after the Pips had already made a hit out of it. It stayed at the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart  for seven weeks, from December 14,to January 25, The label was pleased with the success, although Gaye, depressed because of issues such as the illness of singing partner Tammi Terrell which would kill her less than a year laterwas quoted as saying that his success "didn't seem real" and that he "didn't deserve it".
Gladys Knight was not pleased that Gaye's version usurped Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine own, and claimed that Gaye's version was recorded over an instrumental track Whitfield had prepared for a Pips song, an allegation Gaye denied.
The Gaye recording has become an acclaimed soul classic. Init was placed at number 80 on Rolling Stone ' s list of The Greatest Songs of All Time with the comment that Whitfield had produced the song with a number of artists using different arrangements, and that on the Marvin Gaye recording he had a "golden idea" when Allegro Con Brio - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Dorati - Beethoven/Symphony No 5 In C Min set the song "in a slower, more mysterious tempo".
On the commemorative fiftieth anniversary of the Billboard Hot issue of Billboard magazine in Junethe Marvin Gaye version was ranked as the sixty-fifth biggest song on the chart. It also made the Billboard Hotbut was not a Pop success this time around, peaking at number Arnold on backing vocals. Marvin Gaye's version of the song is used in the opening credits of The Big Chill as each of the main characters gets to hear through the "grapevine" about the death of their college friend, and then travels to his funeral; the song serves in an extradiegetic fashion to both unite the main characters' friendship and to locate it nostalgically for the viewer.
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