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The Onion Song
by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
#1969

Here's a minor obsession of mine from 1969 - I just couldn't get enough listens of this on the radio back in the day. The upbeat nature of the song, coupled with the stellar vocal performances, still puts it high on my list of all-time favourites. Even if the female vocal wasn't actually by Terrell (she was very ill with a brain tumour, and died a few months after the release of the song in the UK, at the age of only 24). The 2015 article below, by the blogger 'whiteray' at "Echoes in the Wind", tells us more, including the US chart placing:

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As I've noted frequently, the year of 1970 ranks pretty highly in my list for life and music both. When May 9 rolled around, the No. 59 record was the two-sided single "California Soul/The Onion Song" by the duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. I'd not heard "The Onion Song" until this morning. It's got a nice groove and a decent message, but it nevertheless stands on what has to be one of the more odd metaphors in the songbook of Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford. As to "California Soul", it reminds me of a genial difference of opinion I had with the late Paco Malo: The Gaye/Terrell version was his preference, while I leaned toward Marlena Shaw's cover of the tune. In Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles", the two-sided single is listed with "The Onion Song" first, with a peak of No. 50, while "California Soul" is shown as peaking at No. 56. (Whitburn notes that both tracks were among those on which Simpson sang the female lead because of Terrell's declining health.)

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In the UK in December 1969, it got to No. 9 (it was far more popular in Britain than it was in its home country), and stayed in the Top 40 for 11 weeks, going into 1970.
http://echoesinthewind.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Onion_Song
1969 - Tamla Motown - United Kingdom - (US release in the following year)
Posted: 8th January 2017
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