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Marvin Gaye

Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)

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1971
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“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)“ was the second single from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album, What’s Going On. Following the breakthrough of the title track’s success, the song, written solely by Gaye, became one of his most poignant anthems of sorrow regarding the environment. Led by Gaye playing piano, strings conducted by Paul Riser, multi-tracking vocals from Gaye, the instrumentals provided by The Funk Brothers and a leading sax solo by Wild Bill Moore, the song rose to #4 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart and #1 for two weeks on the R&B singles charts on August 14 through to August 27, 1971. As the single became his second million seller from What’s Going On, the album started on the soul album charts in the top five and began charging up the pop rankings. “Mercy Mercy Me (The... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Oh, things ain't what they used to be, no, no

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More songs by Marvin Gaye (See Charts): Your Precious Love, This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It's Killing Me), Take This Heart Of Mine, Little Darling (I Need You), How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), I'll Be Doggone, Let's Get It On, I Want You, Got To Give It Up, and Trouble Man.

Popular in Soul (See Charts): On The Line, Music And Me, Fall Again, I'll Be There, It's A Man's Man's World, Stand By Me, I Got You (I Feel Good), (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, Upside Down, and Isn't She Lovely.

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