"I was walking down Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and the idea just popped in my mind. I heard people say it all the time: 'I heard it through the grapevine'. Nobody wrote a song about it, so I sat at a piano and came up with the bass line. And the melody came back.'' - Barrett Strong (songwriter)
''I simply took direction, as I felt the direction he was expounding was a proper one. Had I done it myself I would not have sung it at all like that, but y'see there are many benefits in just singing other people's material and taking directions. The job of interpreting is quite an important one, because when people are not able to express what is in their souls if there is an artist who can... then I think that is very valuable." - Marvin Gaye
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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