It was 80 years ago today we found that we were not just blessed to have lived with his gifts, but divinely favored. #marvingaye
Every so often, I see memes on Facebook or whatnot with older folk talking about how they had the best music. Many times however, you can tell these same people are stuck inside kind of vacuum, not really even giving new music an opportunity.
You almost feel sorry for them at times, being stuck inside a bubble. And then you realize that they are probably talking about an artist like Marvin Gaye, who would have been 80 years old today, a man whose career was tragically cut short by gun violence 35 years ago. And then you think to yourself, though you might not admit it out loud, they just might be absolutely correct.
In addition to being one of the biggest stars in R&B and Pop music of the 20th Century, the quality of the work, for the most part, is always top shelf. We all have our favorite hits, deep cuts and just plain things we almost don’t want to share because they have become precious to us, without being sullied by time, circumstance, public taste or public indifference.
A few years ago, Motown records, his longtime label until 1981, released a Gaye box set called The Master. And no one, and I mean no one, disputed it. This is the second of two parts to celebrate just a taste of what I am talking about here. Some of you might not have even been born when the music came out. Get ready kids. You won’t want to go back to the farm once you have seen the lights of Paris.
Marvin Gaye Tribute Program, Part 2
*indicates mono single mix
- Sanctified Lady
- I Heard It Through The Grapevine* (with acapella intro)
- Interview excerpt with Detroit Free Press Editor Loraine Alterman
- Little Darling (I Need You)*
- Ego Trippin Out
- That’s The Way Love Is*
- Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (live at the Kennedy Center)
- Stop, Look, Listen To Your Heart (with Diana Ross)
- Pops, We Love You (12″ Disco Mix) (with Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder)
- Once Upon A Time* (with Mary Wells)
- It Takes Two* (with Kim Weston)
- All The Way Around
- You’se A Son of A Gun (mono)
- Got To Give It Up (full-length album version)
Love to you all.
Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
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