Whats Goin On with Marvin Gaye?
Marvin Gaye is responsible for some of the most iconic love anthems of all time. As a singer, songwriter, and record producer, the versatility of his artistry is undeniable. After his tragic death in 1984, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and because of the impact of his romantic and empathetic music, he will always more than live up to his nickname as the “prince of soul”.
Marvin Gaye was born as Marvin Pentz Gaye Jr on April 2, 1939 in Washington, D.C to a religious family. As child he thrived on the piano and drums and sang at local churches. By the late 50s, Gaye joined a group called The New Moonglows where he gained attention and ultimately signed to Motown Records where he started out drumming for music legends like Stevie Wonder and The Supremes. He went on to have solo success throughout the 60s, collaborating with artists like Diana Ross and Tammi Terrell with whom he made one of hits greatest hits, “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough”. In the 70s many of his songs took up a slower tempo as he began to make many love anthems beginning with “Let’s Get it On”. He continued touring into the late 70s and earned his first two Grammy Awards for his hit single, “Sexual Healing”. He continued to collaborate and be involved in music behind the scenes until his untimely death in 1984.
Marvin Gaye was never shy about using his craft as a form of expression even when it came to controversial topics. His hit song, “What’s Goin On?” was inspired by the political unrest and social segregation being caused as a result of the Vietnam War. His songs were also used for the opposite emotion, love. Songs such as “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get it On” are just a few examples of Marvin’s discography of soulful love songs used in romance movies and enjoyed by couples.
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