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Marvin Gaye

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  • Soul
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  • Musical
  • Jazz
  • Instrumental
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  • 1971
  • 2011
  • 1929
  • 1970
  • 1972

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Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and instrumentalist with a three-octave vocal range. Starting as a member of the doo-wop group The Moonglows in the late fifties, he ventured into a solo career after the group disbanded in 1960 signing with the Tamla subsidiary of Motown Records. After starting off as a session drummer, Gaye ranked as the label’s top-selling solo artist during the sixties. Due to solo hits including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)“, “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and his duet singles with singers such as Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, he was crowned “The Prince of Motown” and “The Prince of Soul”. Notable for fighting the hit-making but restrictive Motown process in which performers and... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Right on baby ... Don't punish me with brutality ... Picket lines and picket signs

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This song is listed #4 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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More songs by Marvin Gaye (See Charts): Your Precious Love, Take This Heart Of Mine, This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It'S Killing Me), Little Darling (I Need You), You'Re A Wonderful One, Ain'T That Peculiar, Distant Lover, Come Get To This, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), and Pride And Joy.

Popular in Soul (See Charts): On The Line, Music And Me, Fall Again, I'Ll Be There, It'S A Man'S Man'S World, Stand By Me, I Got You (I Feel Good), (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, Upside Down, and Isn'T She Lovely.


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