Song of the Day: Marvin Gaye – “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”

On this day in 1939, legendary singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye was born. Gaye of course died so tragically one day before his birthday in 1984 when he was shot to death by his father following a dispute. What’s Going On, which turns 45 years old this year, is universally regarded as one of the great albums of its era and beyond… and it’s still so relevant today, both in sound and message. This song, the album’s closer, has been covered and sampled multiple times, but the original version is still the most powerful and paints the same picture today as it did in 1971.

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