He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company. He was a tax exile in Europe in the early s, he then released "Sexual Healing" the hit which won his first two Grammy Awards on the album Midnight Love. Sign in or Register.
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In the s, Gaye emerged as a seer, digging for deep grooves in the effort to realize an all-inclusive, democratic world that still seems beyond our reach. Troubled by imperial war, hypocritical governments, exclusionary racial policies, and looming ecological disasters, Marvin Gaye was the musician-as-dissident, striving for liberation that he himself never personally managed to achieve during his lifetime. Along the way, he demonstrated immense range. Within the course of a single album, Gaye could come off as conscious, pensive, concerned, driven, committed, topical, tough, sexy, urbane, hypnotic, tortured, troubled, hip, religious, defiant, disillusioned, high-flying, defiant, blunted, and compassionate. And alongside figures like Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, Gaye helped turned into the year where black albums mattered as much or more than singles. In , Gaye was in and out of studios in Detroit and L. Nearing the close of a troubling relationship with partner Anna Gordy, and resisting the idea of relocating to L. As the War disturbingly ramped up, the acidic presidential election campaign season kicked off, too. The passing of Civil Rights legislation in the mid s, in tandem with Lyndon B.
He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company. Gaye was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. His first home was in a public housing project,  the Fairfax Apartments  now demolished at 1st Street SW in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. Most buildings were small, in extensive disrepair, and lacked both electricity and running water. The alleys were full of one- and two-story shacks, and nearly every dwelling was overcrowded. Gaye was the second oldest of the couple's four children. He had two sisters, Jeanne and Zeola, and one brother, Frankie Gaye.
I n early , Marvin Gaye should have been on top of the world. The album of the same name had sold a million copies, been nominated for two Grammys and redefined perceptions of Motown both externally and internally. A label previously dominated by singles had released a critically acclaimed, wildly successful concept album. This track collection named after that song tries to make sense of what happened next. The fantastic The World Is Rated X similarly suggests that his attitude had become more cynical than that of the saintly figure pleading we Save the Children a year previously. At other sessions, however, Gaye behaved as though he thought Gordy might have had a point, meekly returning to Motown business as usual. He taped a series of songs with Willie Hutch , subsequently best known for his blaxploitation soundtracks to The Mack and Foxy Brown, but then a Motown staff writer. Gaye found his route out of confusion by unlikely means, recording a Christmas single that Motown declined to release.