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"I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye.
This 1966 Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong composition was first recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and nixed as a single by Motown chief Berry Gordy, then recorded with whispery soulfulness by Marvin Gaye and shelved, then recorded in an upbeat version by Gladys Knight & the Pips and released to hit status in 1967. Gaye's version was added to his 1968 album "In the Groove" and finally released as a single late that year, staying at No. 1 for seven weeks and becoming the singer's and label's biggest hit to date.