Saturday, April 01, 2017

1984: Marvin Gaye was killed in LA


It does not seem possible but Marvin Gaye was killed on this day many years ago.

It happened in Los Angeles:

"At the peak of his career, Marvin Gaye was the Prince of Motown—the soulful voice behind hits as wide-ranging as "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)." 
Like his label-mate Stevie Wonder, Gaye both epitomized and outgrew the crowd-pleasing sound that made Motown famous. 
Over the course of his roughly 25-year recording career, he moved successfully from upbeat pop to "message" music to satin-sheet soul, combining elements of Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan and Barry White into one complicated and sometimes contradictory package. 
But as the critic Michael Eric Dyson put it, the man who "chased away the demons of millions...with his heavenly sound and divine art" was chased by demons of his own throughout his life. 
That life came to a tragic end on this day 1984, when Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his own father one day short of his 45th birthday."
And a very tragic end it was!   He was 44.

Marvin Gaye caught my attention when he recorded those great duets with the late Tammi Tarrell.  A few years later, he recorded "i heard it through the grapevine" and his career just took off to historic levels.









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