Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye
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"Can I Get A Witness" - Marvin Gaye (1963)
Written and produced by Motown songwriting and producing team Holland–Dozier–Holland, “Can I Get a Witness” was built among gospel-styled music and heralded Marvin Gaye's beginnings in the church with a rhythm and blues/rock and roll setting.
Gaye complained to the producers about singing their songs above his vocal range. According to Holland, once Gaye heard Holland perform the song to him, he nodded and stated, "okay I'm ready" to a perplexed Holland, who often had to work over the song a few times with other artists who recorded their songs.
Gaye recorded the song in one take, which impressed Holland, his brother and Dozier. Holland would later call Gaye "the mversatile vocalist I ever worked with."
In 1974, Grand Funk Railroad used lines from this song in their version of "Some Kind of Wonderful" which hit number three on the US charts.
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