Remembering Marvin Gaye

Remembering Marvin Gaye
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 01, 2009

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Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was a preacher’s kid hailing from Washington, D.C., who began to hone his singing chops at the age of 3.

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Gaye had an amazing musical range and a diverse style—including genres such as gospel, doo-wop, jazz, funk, and disco.

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His 1973 studio album “Let’s Get It On” has been considered one of music’s most sexually conscious LPs ever recorded.

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Gaye was a professional at singing some of our most beloved duets. His singing partners include Kim Weston, Mary Wells and Diana Ross.

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Gaye had the greatest melodic chemistry singing with vocalist Tammi Terrell, with hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and "You’re All I Need To Get By,” to prove it.

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His most socially charged album, “What’s Going On,” released in 1971, brought awareness to war, social inequality and prevalent community issues.

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The Grammy-winning musician had a three-octave range as a harmonious tenor.

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Widely known as one of the greatest artists of all time, Gaye was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a star named in his honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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“Let’s Get It On” is one of Motown’s best-selling songs in the history of the label.

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Gaye helped to establish and mold the infamous Motown Sound.

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