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mrmarvinpentzgayejr: “ GET IT ON, BABY: Marvin Gaye directing his musicians at Motown’s Los Angeles studios while recording Let’s Get It On, c. 1973. Photo © Jim Britt ”


Flashback Fridays: Happy Birthday, Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye Hall of Fame Songwriter was an American soul singer, songwriter, and musician. Gaye 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.


Marvin Gaye - One of the most gifted, visionary, and enduring talents ever launched into orbit by the Motown hit machine, Marvin Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music. Moving from lean, powerful R & B, to stylish, sophisticated soul, to finally arrive at an intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression, his work not only redefined soul music as a creative force but also expanded its impact as an agent for social change.


Marvin Gaye was one of the top artists of the twentieth century and highly influential in the music industry. After years of battling substance abuse, Gaye moved in with is parents to work on some personal and business issues. During a severe altercation, Marvin Gaye was killed by his father on April 1, 1984.


Marvin Gaye was one of the most consistent and enigmatic of the Motown hitmakers, with a career that exemplified the maturation of black pop into a sophisticated form spanning social and sexual politics. Blessed with a mellifluous tenor and a three-octave vocal range, Gaye was among the most gifted composers and singers of his era