Wholy Holy

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"Wholy Holy"
Song by Marvin Gaye from the album What's Going On
Released 1971
Recorded May 1–10, 1971, Hitsville USA (Studio A)
Golden World (Studio B)
Hitsville West
Genre Soul
Length 3:08
Label Tamla
Writer Al Cleveland
Renaldo Benson
Marvin Gaye
Producer Marvin Gaye
What's Going On track listing
"Right On"
(7)
"Wholy Holy"
(8)
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
(9)

"Wholy Holy" is a 1971 song written by Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson and Marvin Gaye and issued by Marvin as the eighth track on his landmark album, What's Going On and later as the b-side of the third single from that album, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)." Staying with the subject of love and bringing Jesus into the theme, the song lyrically followed the same path of the Benson/Cleveland/Gaye compositions "What's Going On" and "Save the Children" while musically was a much more solemn production than the previous tune and featured Gaye on lead and background vocals. The song would be later covered by soul-gospel greats Aretha Franklin, who recorded a live version of the song on her Amazing Grace live album, and Mavis Staples, who famously covered it during an episode of The Cosby Show. The song was also covered on the John Legend and The Roots collaborative album, Wake Up!.

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