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04/02/2012 04:18 pm ET Updated Jun 02, 2012

Marvin Gaye, Unearthed: How A Buried Track Came To See Light of Day

By Brandon McFarland

Marvin Gaye's classic album, What's Going On, is approaching its 40th anniversary. In celebration, The John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts (in Marvin's home town of Washington, DC) is bringing together artists and musicians that were influenced by Marvin's work and re-living the concert Marvin held there in the spring of '72.

Harry Weinger is Universal Music Enterprises' Vice President, and a Grammy Award winning reissue producer. UME has long owned Motown's back catalog, which is why Weinger is involved with the Kennedy Center project -- but that's only half the story.

Last year, Weinger found something very special while digging through Marvin's vault: an unreleased version of What's Going On, recorded at the Kennedy Center. I talked with Weinger at The Kennedy Center about finding those recordings and Marvin's impact at Motown as an artist.

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