"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" is a song written byNorman WhitfieldandBarrett StrongforMotown Recordsin 1966. The first recording of the song to be released was produced by Whitfield forGladys Knight & the Pipsand released as a single in September 1967; it went to number two in theBillboardchart.
The Miraclesrecorded the song first and included their version on their 1968 album,Special Occasion. TheMarvin Gayeversion was placed on his 1968 albumIn the Groove, where it gained the attention of radio disc jockeys, and Motown founderBerry Gordyfinally agreed to its release as a single in October 1968, when it went to the top of theBillboardPop Singles chart for seven weeks from December 1968 to January 1969 and became for a time the biggest hit single on the Motown label (Tamla).
The Gaye recording has since become an acclaimed soul classic, and in 2004, it was placed 81 on theRolling Stonelist ofThe 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. On the commemorative fortieth anniversary of theBillboardHot 100 issue ofBillboardmagazinein June 2008, Marvin Gaye's "Grapevine" was ranked sixty-fifth. It was also inducted to theGrammy Hall of Famefor "historical, artistic and significant" value.