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Bay Area vocalist and former SFJAZZ Collective member Martin Luther McCoy honors the legacy of soul singing legend Marvin Gaye for the 50th anniversary of his landmark 1971 album What’s Going On.
Sparked by acts of police brutality that Four Tops member Renaldo Benson witnessed in May 1969 during the “Bloody Thursday” riot at Berkeley’s People’s Park, the classic title song composed by Al Cleveland was offered to Gaye for inclusion on his next album. Partially rewriting the song, Gaye used it as part of a now-iconic song cycle steeped in social consciousness about Vietnam, environmental issues, and race relations in America.