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Tue Jan 19, 2021, 12:00 PM Jan 2021

Michigan designates Wednesday as 'What's Going On' Day as Marvin Gaye single marks 50 years

(Detroit Free Press) The State of Michigan is saluting an ageless homegrown classic.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in tandem with the Motown Museum, is officially recognizing Wednesday as “What’s Going On” Day — on the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking, still-timely single.

The museum said the designation is kickoff to a year of commemorative activities tied to the album of the same name, which was released four months after the single as Gaye embraced ambitious new sounds and a socially conscious direction.

A “special tribute” document signed by Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist calls “What’s Going On” an influential piece of soul music that inspired other artists to convey “their own feelings, concerns and messages.” ............(more)


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Michigan designates Wednesday as 'What's Going On' Day as Marvin Gaye single marks 50 years (Original Post) marmar Jan 2021 OP
Well, that's appropriate Cirque du So-What Jan 2021 #1
The story of that whole album is incredible underpants Jan 2021 #2
Put Motown on the side of Social Justice and peace. safeinOhio Jan 2021 #3

Cirque du So-What

(26,445 posts)
1. Well, that's appropriate
Tue Jan 19, 2021, 12:06 PM
Jan 2021

That’s one powerful song, and it deserves recognition on a day filled with hope,


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2. The story of that whole album is incredible
Tue Jan 19, 2021, 12:13 PM
Jan 2021

The label didn’t want to release it. Marvin said - release or I’ll never record anything for you again.

Incredible work.

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