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 - 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.

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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 ”

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 ”

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Marvin Gaye looking as smooth as ever in 1966. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Marvin Gaye looking as smooth as ever in 1966. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

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Marvin Gaye, native of Lexington, Ky, 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, at his home in Lexington, KY.

Marvin Gaye, native of Lexington, Ky, 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, at his home in Lexington, KY.

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Marvin Gaye. "I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys."

Marvin Gaye. "I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys."

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Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Gay, Jr.), singer-songwriter. Called "The Prince of Motown" & "The Prince of Soul", his career spanned 3+ decades. He was Motown's top-selling solo artist of the '60s with hits How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Ain't That Peculiar, I Heard It Through the Grapevine and duets with Mary Wells & Tammi Terrell. His later hits included Let's Get It On, Sexual Healing, What's Going On, Just to Keep You Satisfied, Got To Give It Up, Distant Lover, Mercy, Mercy Me, and…

Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Gay, Jr.), singer-songwriter. Called "The Prince of Motown" & "The Prince of Soul", his career spanned 3+ decades. He was Motown's top-selling solo artist of the '60s with hits How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Ain't That Peculiar, I Heard It Through the Grapevine and duets with Mary Wells & Tammi Terrell. His later hits included Let's Get It On, Sexual Healing, What's Going On, Just to Keep You Satisfied, Got To Give It Up, Distant Lover, Mercy, Mercy Me, and…

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My two favorite entertainers: Michael Jackson with Marvin Gaye
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