1971 : Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On Album Released

May 21, 2018 all-day

On May 21, 1971, “What’s Going On,” the 11th studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, was released by subsidiary Tamla Records. Its title song reached #1 on the R&B charts, and the album was Gaye’s 1st to sell over a million copies.

On June 19, 2021, city of Detroit and Motown personalities will dedicate  a Marvin Gaye Drive, a stretch of an existing Detroit street, to add to others like Aretha Franklin Way, Stevie Wonder Boulevard, and Glenn Frey Drive.

Sources :

Detroit Historical Society.

Brian McCollum, “Celebrate Iconic Song ‘ What’s Going On'”, Detroit Free Press, May 16, 2021.

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