The Whitfield-Strong song matched a typically socially aware lyric with a busy, funky, brass-fuelled beat.
Critics and fans acclaimed 'Let's Get It On' as his best album yet, and it promptly went platinum within three weeks.
“This is a historic song for an important moment in history, and what’s beautiful is that its message is timeless and universal.”
With some of its icons still making hits, and a new breed of R&B star rising through the ranks, Motown continued to dominate the charts in the 80s and 90s.
Inspiring covers by everyone from The Beatles to Carpenters, The Mavelettes’ ‘Please Mr Postman’ song put Motown on the map as a true cultural force.
Both a euphoric floor-filler and a call to arms, Martha And The Vandellas’ ‘Dancing In The Street’ remains a prime example of Motown’s 60s pop perfection.
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's hit inspires our Motown duets playlist.
'Let's Get It On' became the second of Marvin's three US pop chart-toppers.
Everyone knows the heavy-hitting classics, but Motown’s output was so good there are tons of overlooked 70s albums you need to know.
Remembering when Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell made beautiful music and topped the R&B chart for 31 August 1968 with ‘You’re All I Need To Get By.'
The album was recorded in 1972 at the Kennedy Centre as part of Marvin Gaye, at his first concert performance for four years.
The chequered story of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' included Gladys and the group's R&B No. 1 with it before Marvin took ownership of the song.
Wonder said "I am proud to have been chosen at the top of such an incredibly talented group of artists."
Defining “The Sound Of Young America” in the 60s, Motown dominated the decade with some of the most life-affirming music of all time.
The best Motown songs are timeless soul classics that capture everything it means to be in love, to suffer heartbreak – and to want to dance with abandon.
A question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.