“Who isn’t fascinated by evil?” asked Marvin Gaye, today’s birthday boy.
This singer was known as the “Prince of Motown” and the “Prince of Soul” started his career in the doo-wop group the Moonglows. They recorded on the Okeh label, a subsidiary of Columbia. At that time, Columbia didn’t want certain people on their major label, they just wanted the money generated by the artists.
Eventually, Marvin impressed Barry Gordy and signed on with Motown. Of his hometown he said, “Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.” Today, we do not believe the former, but we do believe the latter.
Even though he had a few successes early on, his biggest hits were with Tammi Terrell. They recorded duets until her death from a brain tumor.
In 1968, Marvin recorded “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” a number one single that was eventually re-recorded by a bunch of California Raisins.
He fought the powers of Motown and pushed to have his new single “What’s Goin’ On” released. This turned out to be one of the most successful recordings in Motown history. t brought the concept LP to the R&B world something that Parliament perfected withThe Mothership Connection. Marvin sang, “War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate.” Tell that to Genghis Khan…..
He once said, “Great artists suffer for the people” and “I sing about life.” He was gunned down on the eve of his 45th birthday by his father.[social-bio]