Marvin Gaye Bio

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DeAnte Daniels
DeAnte Daniels

This biography is about the history of Marvin Gaye also known as “The Prince of Soul”. This bio will talk about Gaye’s career from start to finish. It even mentions his tragic death and how money and music changed his life. This biography is about the history of Marvin Gaye also known as “The Prince of Soul”. This bio will talk about Gaye’s career from start to finish. It even mentions his tragic death and how money and music changed his life. Marvin Gaye Bio

“What’s Going On?”
Marvin Gaye Bio
“What’s Going On?”

DeAnte Daniels
History 241
March 3, 2013

Marvin Pentz Gaye also known as “The Prince of Soul” was born in Washington D.C. on April 2, 1939.Gaye died in Washington on April 1st, 1984. Marvin later in life added the “e” to his last name making it “Gaye” because he claimed it made it more professional. Growing up Gaye was raised by his father who was a rev. of a local church, he stated by singing in his father’s church and in the Moonglows before singing with Motown. Gaye’s fathers raised him under very strict rules as a youth; as a child always found peace in music. As a child he mastered the drums and piano. His father encouraged him to play the piano as long as he stuck with religious music. Gaye was a natural musician; even though he never learned to read music he could play any tune by ear. Gaye started off singing in his father’s church before signing with Motown Records. Before Gaye went to high school his singing experience was limited to church revivals, but later in life Gaye fell in love with RnB music. During the 1950s Gaye’s career took a turn when he joined a group called “The New Moonglows”. With Gaye Gaye’s wide range of vocals he soon caught the attention of the group founder Harvey Fuqua. A little while later Gaye and Fuqua gained the attention of Detroit’s music label Motown records ran by Berry Gordy. Gaye’s first couples of years at Motown records were mostly behind the scenes. Gaye started as a session’s drummer at Motown records for recording artist such as Stevie wonder, the Supremes, and The Marvelettes. In 1962 Gaye finally got his chance when he broke into the top 40 with his first hit entitled “Hitch Hike.” After his first hit, Gaye’s career took off throughout the 1960s. Gaye showed off his amazing vocal skills with various dance hits such as Keep dancing, got to give it up, and more. He always had romantic duet hits with artist such as Diana Ross and Mary Wells. Gaye also had duet hits that wowed the country with Tamni Terrell. Gaye also had another single called “I heard it through the grapevine” was one of Motown’s biggest selling hits of the 1960s. In 1970 Tamni Terrell Suffered a brain tumor which put ended what a lot of people called the royal couple of RnB. After Tamnis death times became hard for Gaye. He even threatened to abandon the stage for good.

In 1970 Gaye wrote a song entitled “what’s going on” inspired by rising violence and political unrest over the Vietnam War. Gaye and Motown records had a dispute over the songs creative direction. Gaye originally got the idea for the song in 1969 in San Francisco. Gaye was tired of all the violence. Gaye was tired of seeing police officers beating on kids for no reason and was wondering what’s going on. Benson who is the first person he brought the attention to for the song first. Benson shaped up and edited the song along with another fellow Motown writer named al Cleveland, and then pitched it to the four tops. The four tops weren’t interested in the protest song. Benson later played a version to Joan Baez who was another artist who vocalized social change. Then finally brought it to Gaye who loved it and thought it would be a perfect fit for the originals who was Motown vocal quartet. But Benson only wanted Gaye to sing the song and promised him a percentage of the song if he sings the tune. Gaye then finally through on the finishing touches to the song. Gaye changed some of the...
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