EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE-1970- #12- “HOW CAN I FORGET”- MARVIN GAYE

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Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970- #12- “How Can I Forget”- Marvin Gaye. January 10, 1970.

  • Single: “How Can I Forget”- Marvin Gaye
  • Record Company: Tamla
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield
  • Time: 1:55
  • B-side:” Gotta Give Her All The Love I’ve Got”
  • Album: That’s The Way Love Is
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #41  7 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100

Between 1962-85 Marvin Gaye put 57 singles into the Hot 100 with 40 making the Top 40. 1970 wasn’t a great year for him- compared to some of what came earlier and later- he had 5 Hot 100 hits in 1970 the highest one reaching #40- “The End Of Our Road.” During his career he had 3 #1 hits on the Pop chart- 1968’s mammoth hit “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, 1973 ‘s “Let’s Get It On” and  1977’s “Got To Give It Up.” “How Can I Forget” had been recorded in 1968 by The Temptations – The Temptations recorded it as a love ballad whereas Marvin recorded it as a psychedelic soul/ funk kind of thing. Both recordings were under 2 minutes in length and the backing instrumentals on both versions were done by Motown’s Funk Brothers.

 

 

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