Marvin Gaye – Photo of The Week
Marvin Gaye grew up in Washington D.C. singing and playing organ in his father’s church. Furthermore, in the 1950’s, he’s a part of the vocal group “The New Moonglows” performing with Chuck Berry to name a few. At age 17 he decides to join the Air Force. Needless to say, Gaye has trouble taking orders from his sergeant and gets an honorable discharge. Since the military isn’t an option, he moves to Detroit where he gets a gig working with Motown Records founder Berry Gordy as a drummer. Gaye debuts as a vocalist in 1962 with “Stubborn Kind of Fellow.”
His Biggest Hit!
Recording the gospel blues “Can I Get a Witness” in 1963. As well as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” in 1964. And with Smokey Robinson records “I’ll Be Doggone” and “Ain’t That Peculiar” in 1965. Later, his duets with the late Tammi Terrell are also classics, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Throughout his life, he has personal problems throughout his career in the 70s, Besides suffering from depression and substance abuse. He also is struggling over the passing of Terrell and after, not performing for several years. Along with trying to commit suicide by overdosing on cocaine. Surviving this, In the early ’80s, after moving from Motown to Columbia Records, Gaye makes a comeback.
He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, 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”. His later recordings influences several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. Gaye’s last televised appearances were at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, where he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”; Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; and Soul Train. On April 1, 1984, the eve of his 45th birthday, Gaye is shot dead by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., at their house in West Adams, Los Angeles, after an argument. The quintessential Marvin Gaye and that indelible voice that gave him a rarity and uniqueness that is unmatched and replicated. His music is still relevant to this day.
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