Song Of The Day: Marvin Gaye “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” (1971)

On this day in 1971 Marvin Gaye released What’s Going On, a landmark concept album about a Vietnam vet who returns home only to see the deep troubles afflicting the country he loves. Sadly, it’s a timeless lyric. Musically this was a revolution, taking soul out of its traditional, restrictive framework and into something more modern and spacious. This album wasn’t just the father of modern R&B, it also influenced a whole range of Rockers from Robert Palmer to Bryan Ferry to the Allman Brothers to Prince, making it one of the most important albums of the 20th century.

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