The Onion Song

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"The Onion Song"
Single by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
from the album Easy
B-side "California Soul"
Released October 1969 (U.K.); March 20, 1970 (U.S.)
Recorded 1969, Detroit
Genre Soul, pop
Label Tamla
Songwriter(s) Ashford & Simpson
Producer(s) Ashford & Simpson

"The Onion Song" was a hit for soul singers Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1969. It reached the top ten overseas, and was a more modest hit in the U.S.

The song, which reflected social consciousness, became Gaye & Terrell's biggest hit in the United Kingdom, entering the singles chart on 15 November 1969 and peaking at No.9 on 9 December. Terrell died, aged 24, just prior to the song's release as a single in the U.S. In the U.S., "The Onion Song peaked at No. 18 on the soul singles chart and No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 [1]


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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225.