Marvin Gaye was one of the greatest soul singers of all time, but his life and career were cut tragically short in , aged just In what would have been his 82nd year, we take a look back at the great man, and exactly what happened with Marvin Gaye and his father. He was one of the main singers that created the Motown sound of the s, first as an session performer and later as a solo artist. In the s, he recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On, becoming one of the first artists from Motown along with Stevie Wonder to break away from the company on his own merit. After a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early s, he made a successful comeback with the Grammy Award-winning hit 'Sexual Healing' and its album Midnight Love. The singer was shot twice, following an argument with his father after he intervened in an altercation between his parents.
And 50 years later, the themes of the album still reflect some of the most significant challenges and divisions we face as a society. But many people may be surprised to learn that this pivotal album almost never existed. When Benson brought the song to him, Gaye was reluctant to record it. Gaye thought the song was better suited for a band called The Originals, but he agreed to record it himself after Benson allowed him to rewrite some parts of it.
The tragic story of Marvin Gaye and the untimely death of a soul legend
Beloved Motown recording artist , record producer, and singer Marvin Gaye is known for many things throughout his nearly three-decade career in the music business. Born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. Casual fans may not know the tragedy behind the soul singer's iconic music. Gaye struggled with drug addiction, relationship troubles, and financial problems. Gaye's family life had never been easy; his father, Marvin Gay Sr.
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