Marvin Gaye profile


“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”
~Marvin Gaye

I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don’t quite know how to explain it but it’s there. These can’t be the only notes in the world, there’s got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.
~Marvin Gaye


I Heard It Through The Grapevine:

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” isn’t a plea to save a love affair; it’s Marvin Gaye’s essay on salvaging the human spirit. The record distills four hundred years of paranoia and talking drum gossip into three minutes and fifteen seconds of anguished soul-searching.
~Dave Marsh (The Heart of Rock & Soul)

Birth name Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.
Born April 2, 1939
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died April 1, 1984 (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, funk
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, synthesizers
Years active 1961–1984
Labels Tamla/Tamla-Motown, Columbia
Associated acts Harvey Fuqua
Mary Wells
Kim Weston
Tammi Terrell
Diana Ross

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles, “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”. During the 1970s, Gaye recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became among the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company. Gaye’s later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres such as quiet storm and neo-soul. Following a period in Europe under a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit, “Sexual Healing” and the Midnight Love album. Following his death in 1984, Gaye has been posthumously honored by many institutions including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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I don’t make records for pleasure. I did when I was a younger artist, but I don’t today. I record so that I can feed people what they need, what they feel. Hopefully, I record so that I can help someone overcome a bad time.
~Marvin Gaye (to NME, 1982)

What’s Going On (Live in Amsterdam):

…It’s [What’s going on] great because it’s every bit as gorgeous as it is ambitious. After making it, “I felt like I’d finally learned how to sing,” Gaye told biographer David Ritz
~Dave Marsh (The Heart of Rock & Soul)

Awards & Honors

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him in 1987, declaring that Gaye “made a huge contribution to soul music in general and the Motown Sound in particular.
  • In 1990, Gaye received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 1996, Gaye posthumously received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listed three Gaye recordings, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “What’s Going On” and “Sexual Healing”, among its list of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll“.
  • American music magazine Rolling Stone ranked Gaye number 18 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and sixth on their list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time“.
  •  Q magazine ranked Gaye sixth on their list of the “100 Greatest Singers
  • Three of Gaye’s albums, What’s Going OnLet’s Get It On and Here, My Dear, were ranked by Rolling Stone on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time“. 
  • What’s Going On remains his largest-ranked album, reaching No. 6 on the Rolling Stone list and topped the NME list of the “Top 100 Albums of All Time” in 1985 and was later chosen in 2003 for inclusion by the Library of Congress to its National Recording Registry.
  • In addition, four of his songs, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “What’s Going On”, “Let’s Get It On” and “Sexual Healing” made it on the Rolling Stone list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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  • Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She has released many chart-topping albums and singles over the course of her career, and has won 12 Grammys and numerous other awards.
    Born April 2, 1947 (age 66)
    Birmingham, Alabama, United States
    Genres Folk, country rock, country,bluegrass, rock, pop, alt-country
    Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
    Instruments Voice, guitar
    Years active 1969–present

    Emmylou Harris

  • Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges April 2, 1942) is an American musician and songwriter, who has recorded as a session musician, sideman, and maintained a solo career in music.
    Birth name Claude Russell Bridges
    Born April 2, 1942 (age 71)
    Lawton, Oklahoma United States
    Genres Country, rock, folk, rhythm and blues, folk rock, blues rock
    Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
    Instruments Vocals, piano, organ, guitar, bass guitar
    Years active 1956–present
    Labels Capitol, Shelter Records, Paradise Records


  • Johnny Cash recorded “I Walk The Line” in 1956.I Walk the Line” is a song written by Johnny Cash and recorded in 1956. After three attempts with moderate chart ratings, “I Walk the Line” became the first number one Billboard hit for Cash. The single remained on the record charts for over 43 weeks, and sold over 2 million copies.

    B-side “Get Rhythm”
    Released May 1, 1956
    Format 7″ single
    Recorded April 2, 1956
    Genre Country, rockabilly, rock and roll
    Length 2:45
    Label Sun
    Writer(s) Johnny Cash
    Producer Sam Phillips

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