Trivia / Marvin Gaye

  • Contractual Obligation Project: Here, My Dear came about after Gaye agreed to give his ex-wife half the proceeds from the next album he did after their divorce. Because it met with mixed critical reception and lackluster sales, the rumor arose he intentionally made a bad album so it wouldn't sell.
  • Creator Breakdown: Here, My Dear was written in the aftermath of Gaye's divorce from his first wife and in an atmosphere of impending financial ruin. Listening to it, it immediately becomes clear it could not have been written and recorded by a man who was in a good emotional place.
    • Tammi Terrell's death from a brain tumor hit him especially hard. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is undoubtedly their most famous hit together, and Gaye stated that he considered her to be like a sister to him. Needless to say, her death caused him to spiral into a life of drugs and alcohol from which he never fully recovered.
  • Executive Meddling: What's Going On was initially rejected as a single by Berry Gordy note . Once Gaye threatened to leave Motown if the single was not released, Gordy released it.
    • After the lengthening delay of "In Our Lifetime" Motown added guitar and bass to Marvin's original recordings in an attempt to make the record more commercial sounding.
  • He Also Did: He played the memorable synth bass part himself on "Got to Give It Up".
  • Reality Subtext: Nearly every song off "Here, My Dear" is about Gaye's (then) crumbling marriage and financial situation.
  • What Could Have Been: Gaye and Barry White were planning to record an album together. Then Gaye got shot.