History Music / MarvinGaye

25th Sep '17 5:29:04 AM ClintEastwood
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* ICannotSelfTerminate: No one can say for sure, but it's entirely possible that Marvin Gaye was suicidal, and ''allowed'' his father to kill him. According to Marvin's brother, his last words were:
-->"I got what I wanted... I couldn't do it myself, so I had him do it... It's good, I ran my race, there's no more left in me."


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* SpringtimeForHitler: One of his biggest hits was by accident. He was coerced into doing a "disco" song, and, not a fan of the genre, set out to do a terrible parody of one (including a falsetto lampooning Music/TheBeeGees), that song was "Got to Give It Up" and it became a smash hit.
* UnfortunateNames: Yeah, jokes about his last name are pretty much inescapable. Worse still, he was born as Marvin '''Gay''' Jr.
10th Jan '17 4:30:09 PM CassandraLeo
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "What's Going On?," someone audibly says "fuck" during the sampled chatter.

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** One could make the case that all of ''Music/WhatsGoingOn'' apart from the title track qualifies as this, as the songs run together and seem to have been consciously crafted as a continuous suite of music. The only gaps in the album are for the break between album sides and after the title track.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: As mentioned above, ''WhatsGoingOn'' is gapless apart from the fadeout at the end of the title track and the break between LP sides. This didn't stop "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" from becoming hit singles, but each of these is at the end of its respective album side.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "What's Going On?," On," someone audibly says "fuck" during the sampled chatter.



* ProtestSong: "What's Going On".

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* ProtestSong: "What's Going On".On" as well as most of the rest of the album to which it lends its name.
20th Aug '16 2:35:31 AM gewunomox
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->''"When Marvin Gaye opened his mouth, the notes that came out... he would put his entire DNA into those notes. There was that much feeling. He was the tone king."''

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->''"When Marvin Gaye opened his mouth, the notes that came out... he He would put his entire DNA into those notes. There was that much feeling. He was the tone king."''



Gaye started out as a member of the doo-wop group the Moonglows, and then embarked on an extremely successful solo career on Creator/{{Motown}} Records. His early hits included "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "I'll Be Doggone." During the same period, he was writing hits for other Motown groups, such as the Marvelettes' "Beechwood 4-5789" and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street," and was a session drummer. Marvin's works defined the "Motown Sound," which was a blend of R&B and pop music with orchestral strings.

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Gaye started out as a member of the doo-wop group the Moonglows, and then embarked on an extremely successful solo career on Creator/{{Motown}} Records. His early hits included "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By by You)" and "I'll Be Doggone." During the same period, he was writing hits for other Motown groups, such as the Marvelettes' "Beechwood 4-5789" and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street," and was a session drummer. Marvin's works defined the "Motown Sound," which was a blend of R&B and pop music with orchestral strings.



Gaye's best-regarded album was ''Music/WhatsGoingOn'' (1971), a critical and commercial success[[note]](pretty much any list of "Greatest Albums in History" you'll ever see will have three albums at or near the top: Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'', Music/TheBeachBoys' ''Music/PetSounds'', and ''What's Going On'')[[/note]] that spawned hits such as the title track and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)." After the album's release, Gaye renegotiated a contract with Motown that allowed him creative control and made him the highest-earning African-American musician at the time. Gaye moved to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles from UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} in order to score the blaxploitation film ''Trouble Man''; the soundtrack was a hit.

After the socially-conscious ''What's Going On'', Gaye switched to sensual songs for his next album ''Let's Get It On'' (1973). The album cemented Gaye's reputation as a sex symbol and became the biggest-selling album during his lifetime. The title track became his biggest-selling single. Gaye slowly moved towards funk with this album and his next few.

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Gaye's best-regarded best regarded album was ''Music/WhatsGoingOn'' (1971), a critical and commercial success[[note]](pretty success [[note]] (pretty much any list of "Greatest Albums in History" you'll ever see will have three albums at or near the top: Music/TheBeatles' ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'', Music/TheBeachBoys' ''Music/PetSounds'', and ''What's Going On'')[[/note]] On'') [[/note]] that spawned hits such as the title track and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)." After the album's release, Gaye renegotiated a contract with Motown that allowed him creative control and made him the highest-earning highest earning African-American musician at the time. Gaye moved to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles from UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} in order to score the blaxploitation film ''Trouble Man''; the soundtrack was a hit.

After the socially-conscious socially conscious ''What's Going On'', Gaye switched to sensual songs for his next album ''Let's Get It On'' (1973). The album cemented Gaye's reputation as a sex symbol and became the biggest-selling biggest selling album during his lifetime. The title track became his biggest-selling biggest selling single. Gaye slowly moved towards funk with this album and his next few.



In 1982, Gaye signed with Creator/ColumbiaRecords, which released his comeback album ''Midnight Love'' (1982) and the Grammy-winning single "Sexual Healing," which was a change in style to European-flavored pop and contemporary R&B. After going on a tour of the U.S., he moved into his parents' home.

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In 1982, Gaye signed with Creator/ColumbiaRecords, which released his comeback album ''Midnight Love'' (1982) and the Grammy-winning Grammy winning single "Sexual Healing," which was a change in style to European-flavored European flavored pop and contemporary R&B. After going on a tour of the U.S., he moved into his parents' home.




Albums by him with their own page:

* ''Music/WhatsGoingOn'' (1971)



!!Marvin Gaye's work provides examples of:

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!!Marvin
!! Albums by him with their own page:

* ''Music/WhatsGoingOn'' (1971)
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!! Marvin
Gaye's work provides examples of:



** "Here My Dear" is a double album with 6 of the tracks running six minutes or more. There's also "Right On" from Music/WhatsGoingOn, "Ego Tripping Out", and "Come Live With Me Angel".

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** "Here My Dear" is a double album with 6 of the tracks running six minutes or more. There's also "Right On" from Music/WhatsGoingOn, "Ego Tripping Out", and "Come Live With with Me Angel".



* HotterAndSexier: Starting with the (appropriately titled) "Let's Get It On" and on up
* IntercourseWithYou: Many of Marvin's songs, most famously "Let's Get It On" and "Sexual Healing"
* LastNoteNightmare: "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"

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* HotterAndSexier: Starting with the (appropriately titled) "Let's Get It On" and on up
up.
* IntercourseWithYou: Many of Marvin's songs, most famously "Let's Get It On" and "Sexual Healing"
Healing".
* LastNoteNightmare: "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"Ecology)".



* YourCheatingHeart: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". The song is about a man (the narrator of the song) and his girlfriend/wife when the former finds out that the latter loves someone else through hearing it from other people, and lamenting that she not only didn't bother to ''tell him'' that she didn't love him anymore, but that she's very likely to pick the other man and end their relationship. The "cheating" aspect becomes more apparent when the song was performed live, when a member of the band would pretend to call Marvin on the phone to tell him that he saw the woman heading into a motel room with another man.

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* YourCheatingHeart: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". The song is about a man (the narrator of the song) and his girlfriend/wife girlfriend / wife when the former finds out that the latter loves someone else through hearing it from other people, and lamenting that she not only didn't bother to ''tell him'' that she didn't love him anymore, but that she's very likely to pick the other man and end their relationship. The "cheating" aspect becomes more apparent when the song was performed live, when a member of the band would pretend to call Marvin on the phone to tell him that he saw the woman heading into a motel room with another man.
19th Feb '16 11:15:04 PM guyguyguy
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* RealitySubtext: Nearly every song off "Here, My Dear" is about Gaye's (then) crumbling marriage and financial situation.
19th Feb '16 11:14:40 PM guyguyguy
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*RealitySubtext: Nearly every song off "Here, My Dear" is about Gaye's (then) crumbling marriage and financial situation.
19th Feb '16 11:10:07 PM guyguyguy
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** "Here My Dear" is a double album with 6 of the tracks running six minutes or more. There's also "Right On" from Music/WhatsGoingOn, "Ego Tripping Out", and "Come Live With Me Angel".
19th Feb '16 10:57:31 PM guyguyguy
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* HotterAndSexier: Starting with the (appropriately titled) "Let's Get It On" and on up
9th Jun '15 11:26:57 AM mkmckoy
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* ConceptAlbum: ''What's Going On'' and "Here, My Dear''.

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* ConceptAlbum: ''What's Going On'' and "Here, ''Here, My Dear''.
9th Jun '15 11:26:06 AM mkmckoy
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* ConceptAlbum: ''What's Going On''.

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* ConceptAlbum: ''What's Going On''.On'' and "Here, My Dear''.
27th Jan '15 11:34:53 PM RampinUp46
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* SignatureSong: Either "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" or "Sexual Healing".
* VindicatedByHistory: ''Here, My Dear'' originally flopped and wasn't seen as being a very good album in the eyes of the public. Today, however, it's considered one of Gaye's best works.
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