Marvin Gaye sang in his father's church and in the Moonglows before signing with Motown. He recorded songs by Smokey Robinson before becoming his own producer on the protest album What's Going On Singer Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. Gaye was raised under the strict control of his father, Reverend Marvin Gay Sr.
Few figures in American music in the 20th century can compare to Marvin Gaye. As a singer, he was without peer, possessing a silky voice that could sound either angelic or seductive or, on his biggest hit "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," positively haunted. From that point, Gaye delved into funk, blaxploitation, and disco, eventually settling into the smooth environs of quiet storm. Throughout this period, Gaye battled personal demons, often creating powerful art through his struggles, but they caught up with him tragically in , when he was murdered by his father.
Marvin Gaye and The Motown Sound - Livestream Music History Program
It's Saturday night, let's travel back in time and hear the classic Motown songs of Marvin Gaye. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company. He was a tax exile in Europe in the early s, he then released "Sexual Healing" the hit which won his first two Grammy Awards on the album Midnight Love. Its name, a blend of motor and town, has become a nickname for Detroit, where the label was originally headquartered.
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