Saturday, June 17, 2017

MOTOWN: MARVIN GAYE - WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT'S MY HOME)

Marvin Gaye's second album That Stubborn kinda fellow (1963) failed to chart but he released several singles off it and scored his first Top-40 hits and Pride and Joy went to #10, his first one. The album became very popular in the UK Northern soul and the Mod scenes. Likes of The Rolling Stones and The Who covered his songs
Motown boss Gordy had some trouble with Gaye's style as it didn't wuite fit the succesful Motown sound but believed in him. The Vandellas got their shot into later stadom by singing backing vocals on the album and the Funk Brothers worked their magic.
Wherever I lay my hat (that's my home) was not released as a single but became a popular song. Marvin would go experimenting with music and become one of the most important artists ever until his father shot him dead in 1984. 
Paul Young took the song to UK #1 off his #1 album in 1983 and became his signature song so that not many people remember this is actually Motown and Marvin Gaye. 
Other covers include Boyzone, Paul Stuart Davies, Sanchez

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