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On this day in pop culture history: ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ hit No. 1

14 December 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

47 years ago today, on December 14, 1968, Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” hit No.1 on the U.S. singles chart. The soul classic held that top position for seven weeks. Written by Motown Records producer Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, the song was one of many that the label recorded with multiple acts. A year before the release of Gaye’s 1968 version, Gladys Knight & the Pips also charted with the song. The success of this 1968 recording of the song took Gaye’s career to another level, and it’s secured its place in music history — Rolling Stone placed the track high on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, at #81. In 1998, Gaye’s “Grapevine” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Other notable December 14 happenings in pop culture history: • 1963: The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” rose to #1 on the U.K. charts, »

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