Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" turns 50!

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Although release a half a century ago, the words have never rang truer.

“Mother, mother

There's too many of you crying

Brother, brother, brother

There's far too many of you dying

You know we've got to find a way

To bring some lovin' here today”

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s classic hit “What’s Going On”. In honor of this moment, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared Jan. 20 as “What’s Going On Day” in the state! The Motown Museum says it will use this commemorative date to kick off several moments in 2021.Here’s what Motown Museum Chairwoman and CEO Robin Terry had to say.

“This is a significant moment for the museum, our community, and Motown fans all around the world, and we’re thankful that the State of Michigan has partnered with us to recognize this date as we begin our year-long celebration of this album,” said Terry. “As we come out of a very challenging year, it’s more important than ever to reflect on Marvin Gaye’s prolific and timeless lyrics to inspire a spirit of connection in 2021. “What’s Going On” Day will serve as a reminder of his impact and legacy—bringing awareness to the issues of today, encouraging active dialogue between groups and individuals and acknowledging the important role Motown music continues to play in uniting us all.”

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