America in the 60s was a controversial world of civil right movements, war protests, and simply just plain chaos at occasions but most definitely those actions still influence us directly today.Many public figures spoke freely about their views on how things are and how they should be, and of course it was popular to follow in their footsteps. Fans always took action on the subject but always were led by the artist to make the change they so desired. Most artists aimed their messages to deal with racial differences and war. “War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate.” is a quote from Marvin Gaye’s “what’s going on”. Marvin was one of those public figures who was brave enough to stand up for what he believed to be right. Marvin influenced people through the rhythm of music and soft-touch wise words that could communicate to whoever was listening.
His songs are still played today when we are facing times of uncertainty. Marvins music seemed to touch sensitive subjects and add emotion to them and doing so he was called the “the prince of soul” Marvin was born in April 1st, 1939 in Washington D.C.His father was a charismatic preacher who lived in the church and his mother was a domestic worker.When Marvin was younger because he had troubled childhood he always found peace in music mastering the piano and drums at an early age singing in his father’s church.
When Marvin was in Highschool he was limited to church revivals only which only made him more curious of what other music is out there, he soon was introduced to soul music and fell in love. Although he originally saw himself becoming “the black Frank Sinatra. As a young man Marvin would play instruments and sing in the streets, soon after he dropped out of highschool to join Harvey Faqua’s band The Moonglows. In the late 50s Harvey took Marvin to detroit where he met Berry Gordy who had just started motown.
At first Gaye was just a drummer but proved his singing skills and would also sing. Starting his solo career, Gaye was not able to find his voice, and because of it early singles failed. On his fourth effort, “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” became a small hit in 1962, and his next two singles the 1963 dance efforts “Hitch Hike” and “Can I Get a Witness” both reached the Top 30. With 1963’s “Pride and Joy,” Gaye scored his first Top Ten smash.Marvin would play in venues and record in studios. Gaye had not proved to the world what he was capable of and because of that in his early years he did not have that big of a following.
Marvin did many duets with famous artists like Kim Weston and Mary Wells but his best duets with Tammi Terrel. Sadly in 1970 tammi succumbed to her brain tumor which left marvin completely devastated and vowed to never partner with another female vocalist.After Tammy’s death Marvin was seeking meaning in his music and was frustrated that his previous music was not touching subjects the way he would like them to. He aimed his music from love to political