Marvin Gaye, I feel has a voice that appeals to the masses. He encouraged us to not be complacent. “Gaye returned to Hitsville U.S.A., when he recorded “What’s Going On“, inspired by an idea from Renaldo “Obie” Benson of the Four Tops after he witnessed an act of police brutality at an anti-war rally in Berkeley. Upon hearing the song, Berry Gordy refused its release due to his feelings of the song being “too political” for radio. Gaye responded by going on strike from recording until the label released the song. ” NPR has a different spin on the story about a Vietnam soldier returning home and everything is different.
Unfortunately, it sounds so familiar because police brutality still exists. And soldiers are coming back questioning why they put their lives on the line. (links are below)
What’s Going On
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