EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ – Marvin Gaye

What was the number one song in the UK on 26th March 1969?

American singer, Marvin Gaye got to number one with I Heard It Through The Grapevine for 3 weeks.

Covered by both Gladys Knight & The Pips and The Miracles before Marvin’s version was released, it was his version that became the huge soul classic that it still remains today. Ranked 65th in Billboard‘s Hot 100 Songs of all time and inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant” value.  The accolades are justified. The slow, cool tempo creeps alongside Marvin’s at times rasping vocals, hitting high notes that could make a girl melt (I’m writing this in the middle of a heatwave, so I am quite literally melting). It is quite obviously, one of Marvin’s best. Now, I just need someone to fan me whilst holding my Pina Colada for me to slurp, as I listen to this classic track on repeat. Please sort for me asap. It’s the least you could do.

Lyrics

Ooh, I bet you’re wonderin’ how I knew
‘Bout your plans to make me blue
With some other guy you knew before
Between the two of us guys
You know I loved you more
It took me by surprise I must say
When I found out yesterday
Don’tcha know that I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine
Oh, I heard it through the grapevine
Oh, I’m just about to lose my mind
Honey, honey, yeah
(I heard it through the grapevine)
(Not much longer would you be mine baby, ooh)
I know a man ain’t supposed to cry
But these tears I can’t hold inside
Losin’ you would end my life you see
‘Cause you mean that much to me
You could have told me yourself
That you loved someone else
Instead I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine
Oh, I heard it through the grapevine
And I’m just about to lose my mind
Honey, honey, yeah
(I heard it through the grapevine)
(Not much longer would you be mine, baby, ooh)
People say, “Believe half of what you see
Son, and none of what you hear”
But I can’t help but be confused
If it’s true please tell me dear
Do you plan to let me go
For the other guy you loved before?
Don’t you know I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine
Baby, I heard it through the grapevine
Ooh, just about to lose my mind
Honey, honey, yeah
(I heard it through the grapevine)
(Not much longer would you be mine, baby yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Honey, honey, I know (I heard it through the grapevine)
That you’re letting me go (Not much longer would you be mine, baby)
Said I heard it through the grapevine (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Ooh, ooh I heard it through the grapevine

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