Girish Mahajan

The Onion Song

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B-side  "California Soul"
Genre  Soul, pop
Writer(s)  Ashford & Simpson
Recorded  1969, Detroit
Label  Tamla
Released  October 1969 (U.K.); March 20, 1970 (U.S.)

"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


  • All vocals by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell/Valerie Simpson
  • All instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
  • References

    The Onion Song Wikipedia

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