Friday, July 10, 2009

Marvin Gaye: "What's going on"

1939-1984. Born in Washington D.C., in 1939, this preacher's son moved seamlessly from gospel to soul music. Shy, rebellious and spiritual, Gaye's talents as a songwriter and singer are legendary. Known for a succession of Motown hits in the 1960s, such as "Pride and Joy," "Can I Get a Witness?" and "Ain't That Peculiar," he scored with a number of duet hits with female singers. His duets with the late Tammi Terrell--"You're All I Need to Get By" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing "--are classic. His landmark 1970 album, What's Goin' On was one of the first concept albums. He changed gears from ecology to eroticism in the mid-'70s and 1980s with hits like "Let's Get It On" and his last hit, "Sexual Healing." In 1984, Gaye was shot and killed by his father.