Tag: Marvin Gaye

Sunday 4/3/22 3pm ET: Artist Countdown: Marvin Gaye Top 30 Hits

Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., known as Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), was an American singer and songwriter. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of successes, earning him the nicknames “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”.

Gaye’s Motown songs include “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”. Gaye also recorded duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross. During the 1970s, 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. His later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. He was a tax exile in Europe in the early 1980s; he released “Sexual Healing” in 1982, which won him his first two Grammy Awards on the album Midnight Love. Gaye’s last televised appearances were at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, where he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”; Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; and Soul Train.

On April 1, 1984, the eve of his 45th birthday, Gaye was shot and mortally wounded by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., at their house in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, after an argument. Gay Sr. later pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, and received a six-year suspended sentence and five years of probation.

Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1 – Sexual Healing – 1982
2 – I Heard It Through the Grapevine – 1968
3 – Got to Give It Up – 1977
4 – It Takes Two – 1966
5 – Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – 1969
6 – You’re All I Need to Get By – 1968
7 – Let’s Get It On – 1973
8 – Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – 1968
9 – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – 1971

10 – Once Upon a Time – 1964
11 – Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By – 1969
12 – What’s Going On – 1971
13 – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) – 1971
14 – My Mistake (Was to Love You) – 1974
15 – Try It Baby – 1964
16 – You Ain’t Livin’ till You’re Lovin’ – 1968
17 – Pretty Little Baby – 1965
18 – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) – 1964
19 – I Want You – 1976
20 – Little Darling (I Need You) – 1966
21 – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 1967
22 – Chained – 1968
23 – Trouble Man – 1972
24 – Take This Heart of Mine – 1966
25 – Your Unchanging Love – 1967
26 – Your Precious Love – 1967
27 – I’ll Be Doggone – 1965
28 – Ain’t That Peculiar – 1965
29 – Pride and Joy – 1963
30 – You’re a Wonderful One – 1964

Wednesday 4/7/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)

What’s Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records-subsidiary label Tamla.

Gaye recorded the album between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World, and United Sound Studios in Detroit, and at The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, California. It was his first album to credit him as a producer and to credit Motown’s in-house studio band, the session musicians known as the Funk Brothers.

What’s Going On is a concept album with most of its songs segueing into the next and has been categorized as a song cycle; the album ends with a reprise of the album’s opening theme. The narrative established by the songs is told from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to his home country to witness hatred, suffering, and injustice. Gaye’s introspective lyrics explore themes of drug abuse, poverty, and the Vietnam War. He has also been credited with promoting awareness of ecological issues before the public outcry over them had become prominent.

The album was an immediate commercial and critical success, and came to be viewed by music historians as a classic of 1970s soul. In 2001, a deluxe edition of the album was released, featuring a recording of Gaye’s May 1972 concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Broad-ranging surveys of critics, musicians, and the general public have shown that What’s Going On is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time and a landmark recording in popular music. In 2020, it was ranked number one on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

  1. “What’s Going On” 3:53
  2. “What’s Happening Brother” 2:43
  3. “Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky)” 3:49
  4. “Save the Children” 4:03
  5. “God Is Love” 1:41
  6. “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” 3:16
  7. “Right On” 7:31
  8. “Wholy Holy” 3:08
  9. “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” 5:26

Monday 8pm ET: Feature Artist – Marvin Gaye

(Photo by Jim Britt/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

Marvin Gaye (born April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, 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”.

Gaye’s Motown hits include “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”; he also recorded duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Diana Ross, and Tammi Terrell. During the 1970s, he 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. His later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. He was a tax exile in Europe in the early 1980s, then he released the 1982 hit “Sexual Healing” which won him his first two Grammy Awards on the album Midnight Love. Gaye’s last televised appearances were at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, where he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”; Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; and Soul Train.

On April 1, 1984, the day before his 45th birthday, Gaye was fatally shot by his father Marvin Gay Sr. at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Marvin Gaye – The Master (1961 – 1984)

The Master (1961–1984) is a chronological box set album looking back at American R&B/soul legend Marvin Gaye’s phenomenal 23-year recording career. Spanning four discs, the box set goes over all portions of Gaye’s career with a repertoire that spanned doo-wop, R&B, soul, psychedelic soul and funk with a mixture of themes including dance songs, love ballads, duets, socially conscious material, sensual material and autobiographical revelations. The set includes rarities such as a recorded 1981 live track of Gaye and Gladys Knight & the Pips each singing their seminal hit “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, Gaye’s famed 1983 performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an NBA All-Star game and an a cappella performance of “The Lord’s Prayer” taped during Gaye’s exile in Belgium.

In 2006, Universal re-released the boxset as part of its Universal Earbook series, issuing it as a LP-sized hardback coffee table book.

“Stubborn Kind of Fellow”
“Pride and Joy”
“Hitch Hike”
“Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)”
“What Do You Want With Him” (Previously unreleased)
“Once Upon a Time”
“What’s the Matter with You Baby” (with Mary Wells)
“Can I Get a Witness”
“Couldn’t Ask for More” (Previously unreleased)
“You’re Wonderful” (Previously unreleased)
“I Wonder”
“You’re a Wonderful One”
“It’s Got to Be Love” (previously unreleased)
“Try It Baby”
“Leavin'” (Previously unreleased)
“My Love for You” (Previously unreleased)
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)”
“Baby Don’t You Do It”
“Just Like a Man” (Previously unreleased alternative mix)
“Pretty Little Baby”
“Talk About a Good Feeling” (Previously unreleased)
“I’ll Be Doggone”
“Little Darling (I Need You)”
“One More Heartache”
“Ain’t That Peculiar”
“You’re the One for Me”
“Take This Heart of Mine”
“Your Unchanging Love”

“It Takes Two” (with Kim Weston)
“I Couldn’t Help Falling for You” (Previously unreleased)
“Lonely Lover” (Previously unreleased)
“Without Your Sweet Lovin'” (Previously unreleased)
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (with Tammi Terrell)
“If I Could Build My Whole World Around You” (with Tammi Terrell)
“Your Precious Love” (with Tammi Terrell)
“If This World Were Mine” (with Tammi Terrell)
“Without You (My World Is Lonely)” (Previously unreleased)
“Together We Stand (Divided We Fall)” (Previously unreleased)
“You”
“Chained”
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
“You’re What’s Happening (In the World Today)”
“This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It’s Killing Me)”
“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” (with Tammi Terrell)
“Keep On Lovin’ Me Honey” (with Tammi Terrell)
“You’re All I Need to Get By” (with Tammi Terrell)
“Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”
“More Than a Heart Can Stand”
“How Can I Forget”
“That’s the Way Love Is”
“Yesterday”
“The End of Our Road”
“Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By” (with Valerie Simpson, credited to Tammi Terrell)
“What You Gave Me”

“What’s Going On”
“Save the Children”
“Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”
“Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”
“I’m Going Home” (Previously unreleased alternative mix)
“Piece of Clay” (Previously unreleased)
“You’re the Man (Pt. I & II)”
“Checking Out (Double Clutch)” (Previously unreleased)
“Trouble Man”
“Let’s Get It On”
“Come Get to This”
“Just to Keep You Satisfied”
“Pledging My Love”
“My Mistake (Was to Love You)” (with Diana Ross)
“Distant Lover (Live)”
“I Want You”
“After the Dance”

“Got to Give It Up, Pt. I”
“Here, My Dear”
“When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You”
“Anger”
“Anna’s Song”
“A Funky Space Reincarnation”
“When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise)”
“She Needs Me” (Previously unreleased)
“Why Did I Choose You” (Previously unreleased)
“Life Is for Learning”
“Funk Me”
“Love Me Now or Love Me Later”
“Ego Tripping Out”
“The Star-Spangled Banner” (Live)
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (Live) (with Gladys Knight & The Pips)
“Rockin’ After Midnight”
“Sexual Healing”
“The Lord’s Prayer”

Saturday 6pm ET: Feature Artist – Frank Wilson

Frank Edward Wilson (December 5, 1940 – September 27, 2012) was an American songwriter, singer and record producer for Motown Records.

In 1965, Berry Gordy asked the producers Hal Davis and Marc Gordon to set up an office of Motown in Los Angeles. Wilson accepted an offer to join the team. In December 1965, “Stevie” by Patrice Holloway (V.I.P. 25001) was the first single released from the West Coast operation and featured Wilson in the songwriting credits. Asked by Gordy to re-locate to Detroit, Wilson went on to write and produce hit records for Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Miracles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, and more. He became particularly important after Holland-Dozier-Holland left the company. Additionally, after leaving Motown, Wilson produced a gold disc earning album by Lenny Williams, former lead singer for Tower of Power, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, former members of the Fifth Dimension, Alton McClain & Destiny, New Birth and the Grammy nominated album, Motown Comes Home.

He also launched his own publishing firms, Traco Music and Specolite Music, Ascap and BMI companies. During the next four years, Wilson recorded, released and published more than 40 copyrighted compositions, including, “It Must Be Love”, by Judy Wieder & John Footman, “Stares and Whispers” by Terry McFadden and John Footman, “Star Love” by Judy Wieder and John Footman, and “You Got Me Running” by Judy Wieder and Clay Drayton. Earlier, Wilson had also tried his hand at being a recording artist himself, recording the single “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” for release on the Motown subsidiary label ‘Soul.’ Supposedly 250 demo 45s were pressed, but by that time Wilson decided he would rather focus on producing and he had the demos trashed. Somehow at least two known copies survived, one of which fetched over £25,000 in May 2009.

Because of the scarcity of the original single and the high quality of the music (it was one of the most popular records in the Northern soul movement), it has been championed as one of the rarest and most valuable records in history (along with other “impossible to find” records by such acts as Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and the Five Sharps).

Wilson left Motown in 1976 and became a born again Christian. He became a minister, traveling and writing books with his wife Bunny Wilson, and was also involved in the production of gospel music as well. In 2004, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Vision International University in Ramona, California and founded the New Dawn Christian Village in Los Angeles.

Wilson died on September 27, 2012 in Duarte, California after a long battle with prostate cancer, he was 71 years old.

Thursday 8pm: Across The Tracks: Featuring – One (Part 6)

This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title.  We’ll feature music from Rob Thomas, Martina McBride, Carlene Carter, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Harry Chapin, Marvin Gaye, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen and much more across the tracks and genres.  

Wednesday 1pm: Sounds Of The 70’s

This we an extended edition of The Sounds of The 70’s.  This week music from – Minnie Ripperton, David Bowie, Supertramp, Addrisi Brothers, Rod Stewart, Hues Corporation, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Chicago and more . . .