The King of Soul: Marvin Gaye
– Marvin Pentz Gay was born in April 2, 1939.
– He is also known as Marvin Gaye
– Gaye produced records and wrote songs for himself and other artists
– Gaye started his career at four years old in the Pentecostal church
– He was a part of his JHS Glee Club
In 1962, Gaye and Reese Palmer formed a group called The Marquees. Gaye then went solo, composing his own music. Listeners would make fun of his last name which is when he decided to add the “e” to the end. Gaye felt more optimistic about his career once his first solo hit made No. 8 on the charts.
In 1963, Gaye’s single “Can I get a Witness” reached global stages. Soul music was made to touch the soul. Soul was mutated out of different genres that came before. From gospel to blues to even funk. Soul was made to make people move and feel the music within the soul. Gaye did just that with this single.
In 1970, Gaye released two more songs that made top ten on the charts. His album “What’s Goin On” was seen as the most passionate record to come out of soul music. Gaye won two Grammy’s for this album and signed a deal with Motown.
Gaye started making music very early in his childhood. It took him branching out on his own to really be seen. He’s an icon. Gaye will always be remembered for the music he made. He embodied the definition of soul.