Monday, April 2, 2007

Marvin Gaye : April 2, 1939 - April 1, 1984

"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 would've been 68 today.

Marvin Gaye: Soon I'll Be Loving You Again

This track is from his 1976 I Want You LP at the peak of his sexually charged music. Marvin's vocals ooze.

Marvin Gaye: Piece Of Clay

A tragically ironic lyric considering Marvin's death at the hand of his own father. This track is incredibly moving with a screaming guitar and a gospel vibe. It can be found on the 1995 box set The Master 1961-1984.

Marvin Gaye: Let's Get It On (Da Producers MPG Groove Mix)

Taken from 2005's Motown Remixed, this is yet another clue that Marvin Gaye's music will last forever. The laid back groove on this track breathes new life into one of Marvin's most popular songs.


Marvin performing What's Going On/What's Happening Brother from 1973.

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