Two For Tuesday: Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye had five hits in the Top Ten of the Hot 100 in the early Seventies, spending a total of thirty weeks there. Thirteen of those thirty weeks were for his mega-hit “Let’s Get It On,” a #1 for him in 1973. As a bonus, this video includes the B side, “Heaven Must Have Sent You.”

His second-biggest hit on the Hot 100 was 1971’s “What’s Goin’ On,” which reached #2 and spent eight weeks in the Top Ten.

Marvin was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., on April 1, 1984, after Marvin intervened in an argument between his parents. The elder Gay agreed to a plea bargain, pleading guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter and receiving a suspended sentence and probation. At his sentencing hearing, his father said, “If I could bring him back, I would. I was afraid of him. I thought I was going to get hurt. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I’m really sorry for everything that happened. I loved him. I wish he could step through this door right now. I’m paying the price now.” The whole story is on Wikipedia.

Marvin Gaye, your Two for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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Author: John Holton

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10 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Marvin Gaye”

  1. Oh my word! That’s a tragic story. Isn’t it sad (albeit interesting) at the lives some of our stars lived? I think especially of Jan and Dean. There story had a rather sad ending, too. Nearly tragic.

    Calen~

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    1. It is, although I prefer the happy stories, such as Hedy Lamarr (who was a brilliant mathematician as well as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful stars) living long enough to see something she figured out that was used by the US military in World War II be adapted for use in wi-fi and cellular technology, making her a very wealthy woman after she had been barely scraping by. The sad stories, not so much.

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  2. This was a horrible moment and I remember being at home when I heard it. I wondered about the family and I wondered if the father was actually in early stages of Alzheimer’s. No matter what, it was just horrible

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    1. Or some other form of dementia. It was just weird. But then, Marvin had been using cocaine and was paranoid, holing up in his room most of the time. Who knows, his father might have been legitimately scared of him.

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