Listen Again: Famous Artists Who Sang Background On Hit Songs

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The Supremes on “Can I Get A Witness” by Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye’s 1963, was really a Motown effort. It was penned by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Eddie, was a talented singer in his own right but took a behind the scenes role within the record company because he suffered from stage fright. Eddie told the story of going over the song just once with Gaye before he stopped him and said “okay I’m ready.” Naturally, Holland was used to going over a song a couple of times with artists but Marvin got it after one go-round and recorded it in one take. Backing him up were the two Hollands and Dozier. The Supremes, Diana, Mary and Flo also lent their voices to the record. The song peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of Marvin Gaye’s international hits.

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