Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

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"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album What's Going On
B-side "Wholy Holy"
Released September 16, 1971
Format Vinyl record (7", 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); March 1971
Genre Soul, funk
Length 5:28 (album version)
2:58 (single edit)
Label Tamla
T 54209
Writer(s) Marvin Gaye & James Nyx, Jr.
Producer(s) Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"
(1971)
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
(1971)
"You're the Man"
(1972)
What's Going On track listing
"Wholy Holy"
(8)
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
(9)

"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", often shortened to "Inner City Blues", is a song by Marvin Gaye, released as the third and final single from and the climactic song of his 1971 landmark album, What's Going On. Written by Gaye and James Nyx, the song depicted the ghettos of inner-city America as it discussed how the bleak economic situation would lead to someone wanting to holler and throw ones hands up. The song was recorded in a mellow funk style with Gaye playing piano. Several of the Funk Brothers also contributed, including Eddie "Bongo" Brown, and bassist Bob Babbitt.

The song helped Gaye make history by being one of the few artists to have three or more Top 10 songs off Billboard's Pop Singles chart peaking at #9 and one of the first to have three consecutive #1 hits on Billboard's R&B Singles chart where it stayed for two weeks.[1] Although not certified by the RIAA at that time, all three releases from the What's Going On album gained Gold status by selling over 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

In its unedited version as it appears on the album, the final minute of the song (and of the LP) is a reprise to the theme of "What's Going On", the album's first song, then segues into a dark ending. This final minute was cut off of the single version, as well as other sections of the song so the single edit runs under three minutes--this edit appears on subsequent reissues of the LP.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[2] 29
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles[3] 1

Cover versions[edit]

The song was first covered by Grover Washington, Jr. in 1972 from the album named "Inner City Blues."[4] Also in 1972, on her album A Time In My Life, Sarah Vaughan covered "Inner City Blues" with David Axelrod on the drums. The same year the song was recorded by The Chi-Lites on the album A Lonely Man, and by The Impressions for their album Times Have Changed. Christian alternative band Adam Again did a soulful rendition of the song on 1990's Homeboys. In 1993, guitarist Larry Coryell covered the song from his album "Fallen Angel."[5][6] In 1994, Angela Winbush covered the song and released it as a single and abbreviated the name simply to "Inner City Blues". 1996 saw R&B group Ideal release a cover of the song on the Original Gangstas soundtrack. In 1998, the Mayfield Four released a cover of "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" under its original title on their debut album Fallout. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band also did a cover of this song on their album, What's Goin' On (2006) (Shout Factory). It was also covered by Joe Cocker on his album titled "Cocker".

Etta James covered her for her 1998 album Life, Love & the Blues.

It was also covered by the hard-rock band Sevendust in 2003, and can be found on the DVD included with some versions of their album Seasons, and then was included on their compilation album Best of (Chapter One 1997-2004) which was released in late 2005. In 2004, John Mayer performed the song live and later released on his compilation live album As/Is. The version includes a turntable solo by New York jazz turntable player DJ Logic.

In 1997 the Grover Washington Jr. version was re-released on the compilation Funky Jazz Classics & Original Breaks from the Tough Side, the first of the Pulp Fusion series. In 2007 the Sarah Vaughan cover was also re-released on the compilation Bustin' Loose, the tenth of the Pulp Fusion series.

The original version of the song also was used in the soundtrack of the 2007 film Zodiac, directed by David Fincher.

Samples[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 226. 
  2. ^ "Inner city blues (make me wanna holler) in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "What's Going On awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Inner City Blues overview". Allmusic.com. 
  5. ^ "Fallen Angel overview". Allmusic.com. 
  6. ^ "Email Jazz News". All About Jazz. 
  7. ^ "Big Daddy Kane's W.G.O.N.R.S. sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Black, Rock & Ron's True Feelings sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Coolio feat. G.A.T.'s N Da Closet sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "The D.O.C.'s The Formula sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "French Montana feat. Chinx Drugz and Cheeze's Inner City Coke Blues sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ice Cube's When I Get to Heaven sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Janet Jackson's Can't Be Stopped sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Joe Budden's Who Killed Hip Hop sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Killa Kyleon's Money Takers sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Masta Ace's Go Where I Send Thee sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "MC Solaar's Armand Est Mort sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ralph Tresvant's Sensitivity (Extended Version) sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Spice 1's Welcome to the Ghetto sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Too Poetic's God Made Me Funky sample of Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Sounes, Howard (2006). Seventies: the sights, sounds and ideas of a brilliant decade. Simon & Schuster. p. 134. ISBN 0-7432-6859-8.  "...such as Bobbye Hall whose insistent bongos can be heard..."

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Preceded by
"Trapped By A Thing Called Love" by Denise LaSalle
Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single
November 6–13, 1971
Succeeded by
"Have You Seen Her" by The Chi-Lites