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Marvin Gaye

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Dennie Ledford

on 30 March 2013

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Transcript of Marvin Gaye

In 1975, Marvin shaved his head bald in protest to the treatment of imprisoned boxer "Hurricane" Rubin Carter. "I think music is God. It’s one of the closest linkups with God we can possibly experience. I think it’s a common vibrating tone of musical notes that holds all life together."
— Marvin Gaye on music "I record so that I can feed people what they need, what they feel. Hopefully, I record so that I can help someone overcome a bad time." MG Soul Music, often referred to as "Love Man Music", was about sex, romance, and passion.
Marvin Gaye was about it all and more. Sexual Healing reached #3 on the Billboard singles pop charts, spent a staggering ten weeks at #1 on the R & B charts. In 1979, Marvin was named one of the top ten most successful recording artists in history for his number of hit records by Billboard magazine. Marvin Gaye, the Prince of Motown, revolutionized his music into one of America's most controversial musical forms, "love man music", which would later become Soul Music. With seductive lyrics and fluid sounds, it is considered one of the top romance songs of all time. Let's Get It On was released on June 15, 1973 on the album with the same name.
This classic Motown hit was written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend. Tragically, Terrell collapsed onstage while performing with Gaye. It was later discovered that she was suffering from a brain tumor. Her illness and subsequent death on March 16, 1970 ended Gaye’s desire to collaborate on any more duets. When it came to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell together...
'Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing'
And Baby, with their smooth soulful sounds they took Motown by storm. In 1975, Marvin shaved his head bald in protest to the treatment of imprisoned boxer "Hurricane" Rubin Carter. There were other things 'going on' as well, things that bothered young Marvin and he sang songs with a level of deep emotion few have or ever will master. What's Going On is a song written by Marvin Gaye in 1971. Rolling Stone Magazine listed it as the fourth greatest song of all time in 2004. The inspiration for the song came from Marvin's brother Frankie, who told him stories of his service during the Vietnam War. The song has become a timeless spiritual anthem. Sometimes a window opens up on the history of a song like Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On." In 1970, inspired by escalating violence and political unrest over the Vietnam War, Gaye wrote the landmark song "What's Going On." ‘I think I’ve got a real thing going. I love people. I love life and I love nature, and I can’t see why other people can’t be like that.’ -M. G. He was a session drummer for Motown legends such as Little Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, and Martha and the Vandellas. Until high school, his singing experience was limited to church revivals, but soon he developed a love for R&B and Doo-Wop that would set the foundation for his career. Marvin Gaye often found peace in music, mastering the piano and drums at a young age Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. was born on April2,1939 in Washington D.C.
He added the 'e' to the end of his name later in life. First... a touching groove dedicated to Marvin Gaye sung by
The Commodores Marvin Gaye's entire recorded output signifies the development of black music from raw rhythm and blues, through sophisticated soul to the political awareness of the early 70's, and the increased concentration on personal and sexual politics thereafter. Marvin Gaye's music became so popular with the public because it was so risqué. To capitalize on his image as a ladies' man, Motown teamed Marvin with Tammi Terrell.

The Marvin / Tammi partnership represented the peak of the Soul Duet, as their voices blended sensuously on a string of hits written specifically for the duo. Marvin Gaye evolved a new musical style that influenced a generation of black performers.

Built on a heavily percussive base, Marvin's arrangements mingled varying influences into his soul roots, creating an instrumental backdrop for his sensual, almost pleading vocals. The influence of the church in his early years played a formative role in his musical career, particularly from the 70's onwards, when his songwriting shifted back and forth between mainstream and religious topics. After abandoning a place in his father's church choir and in 1957, he joined the Marquees under the guidance of Bo Diddley.
The following year the group was taken under the wing of producer and singer Harvey Fuqua, who utilized them to reform his Doo-Wop outfit the Moonglows. The Moonglows (Marvin: 2nd left, Harvey Fuqua: center front) On April 1, 1984 – a Sunday morning, and the day before his 45th birthday – Marvin Gaye was shot to death at point-blank range by his father after a violent argument. Following a star-studded funeral, his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean. Marvin initially envisioned himself a supper-club singer and dreamed of becoming “The black Frank Sinatra.”
He succeeded at Motown as a soul man who aimed his talent at a younger audience. Gaye remarked, “I felt that I had somehow died with her.” Gaye, who considered himself more of a recording than a performing artist in any case, didn’t take to the stage again for five years after her death.
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