It is a hugely sad moment, not just because of the pain caused, but mainly because of the huge potential loss. Gaye did what very few other artists of his time, roll with the punches and move with the times. Gaye saw not only the opportunities in front of him but the handles by which to grab them by. The title track of his 11th studio album, Marvin Gaye began to open his eyes and talent toward more socially relevant topics. Originally inspired by the increasing police brutality of which Gaye began to witness more and more, the song also marked a change in direction for the Motown singer.
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Marvin Gaye: 'I was terribly disillusioned with life'
He made his first album in , but had to wait until the end of for his first hit. After having hits with duets with Mary Wells and Kim Weston , Gaye was teamed with Tammi Terrell, who was hired especially for the job, in At first, both artists recorded their vocal contributions separately but soon they formed a close friendship. Between and , Gaye and Terrell went on to record three albums together, and released a host of successful singles , most of which were also written by Ashford and Simpson. During , Motown worked on a new album with Gaye, after a couple of years in which he had released only singles. So he turned to former Motown labelmate Ed Townsend for help. For all the creative control granted by his new contract, Gaye later admitted he felt pushed into recording the album by the label. Soon after the release of I Want You, Gaye embarked on his first European tour for more than 10 years.
He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company. He was a tax exile in Europe in the early s, he then released "Sexual Healing" the hit which won his first two Grammy Awards on the album Midnight Love. Sign in or Register. Marvin Gaye Born 2 April