Monday, June 14, 2021

Hearing Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" and remembering a Saturday in 1977

Recently, Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" must have played somewhere in a store or on a television soundtrack, or at least something that resembled it enough that the music in my head eventually turned into it, and I remembered that one Saturday afternoon when I was 12 and just beginning to listen to the radio in Ohio, I stumbled across "American Top 40" with Casey Kasem for the first time and heard him introduce Gaye's song, which was making its debut on the countdown that day. A bit of research revealed that this must have been 23 April 1977; two months later, the song reached #1 for one week. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 14 June 2021)

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