Today marks the 30th anniversary of the tragic death of one of the greatest soul singers of all time, Marvin Gaye. Shot dead by his father at the age of 44. Marvin Gaye released some of the best albums and singles in Motown’s history. Here are a selection:
What’s Going On
Possibly the best record ever released on Motown, and a huge change of direction for the increasingly politicised Gaye. A modern classic that you will find in any top albums of all time lists. Classic soul such as the title track, merged with political songs such as “Inner City Blues” and “Mercy Mercy Me”, to critical acclaim.
Let’s Get It On
Marvin Gaye’s other bona fide hit album, Let’s Get it On is for amorous lovers the world over, especially the much imitated but never bettered title track. Classic stuff.
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
One of Marvin Gaye’s most well known and well loved songs. This song has been covered numerous times by fellow Motown and soul artists, as well as rock acts such as Creedence Clearwater Revival.
It Takes Two
One of Marvin’s well known duets, this time with Kim Weston.
Gaye’s smash hit from 1982, much like “Let’s Get It On” is a song played in millions of bedrooms across the world. It is dripping with sex but is more than that, it’s just an amazing song.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
One of a series of hit duets with Tammi Terrell, this is another amazing slice of Motown, when the label could do no wrong. Gaye was later distraught and went into seclusion when Terrell died suddenly from a brain tumour in 1970.