Marvin Gaye Tribute, Part 2

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.

Late 1964. Singer Marvin Gaye on his first trip to England. Photo courtesy of Motown/UMG.

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.

Detail from Gaye’s I Want You album, 1976. The painting is by Eddie Barnes, entitled Sugar Shack, and was altered slightly for this album release. Courtesy Motown/UMG

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.

Marvin Gaye performs on stage at De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1st July 1980. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

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)
To download this program, please click on the three dots at the right of the player.

Love to you all.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner

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