256 – Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)
Written by Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye and Renaldo “Obie” Benson
Produced by Marvin Gaye
Label – Tamla
This incredible song proved to be as important to Tamla as it did to the singer’s career. Years of wrestling for greater control of his released output had finally paid of, and Gaye used this to produce his own agenda of world weary socio-political comment and angst at his own complex personal situation. The song and album changed the face of Tamla Motown as it brought about the end of the traditional “Motown” sound. For better, or worse, the label would never be the same again.