Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival released an 11-minute version of  “I heard it through the grapevine” in 1970. It was one of the few songs CCR recorded that they didn’t write.


This Motown classic about a man who finds out his woman is cheating on him was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong.

Check out CCRs long jam and the amazing guitar solo…

Ooh, I bet you’re wondering how I knew
About you plans to make me blue
With some other guy that you knew before.
Between the two of us guys
You know I love you more.
It took me by surprise I must say,
When I found out yesterday.
Don’t you know that…

I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine.
Oh I heard it through the grapevine,
Oh and I’m just about to lose my mind.
Honey, honey yeah.

I know that 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 love someone else.
People say believe half of what you see,
Son, and none of what you hear.
I can’t help bein’ 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…

Honey Honey I know
That you’re letting me go
said, “I heard it through the grapvine”
Heard it through the grapevine……

Smokey Robinson was the first to record this song on the 25th of September 1967.

Gladys Knight and The Pips were surprised that Gaye’s version was released so soon after theirs. They viewed it as Motown promoting Gaye over them and relegating them to second-tier status.

Marvin Gaye sang this slightly higher than his normal range, which created the strained vocal. Whitfield, who produced this, made him do it over and over until he got it right.

The Slits (Listen to the bass..)



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