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“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye released (1971)

"What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye released (1971)

In 1971, Marvin Gaye released the song “what’s going on”. The song was inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo “Obie” Benson. The single topped the Hot Soul singles chart for five weeks and crossed  over to number two on the Billboard Hot 100.


Activity Ideas:

  • Have a listen to this song – here
  • Try our 70s music quiz to test your knowledge – here
  • Listen to some other Marvin Gaye songs and enjoy – here
  • Print off and use our Marvin Gaye lyrics – here