Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye by David RitzDrawing from interviews conducted before Marvin Gayes death, acclaimed music writer David Ritz has created a full-scale portrait of the brilliant but tormented artist. With a cast of characters that includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder, this intimate biography is a definitive and enduring look at the man who embodied the very essence of the word soul.
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Gaye, who also played drums and piano, bucked the Motown system and its emphasis on teen hits. He was set on being a crooner in the Nat King Cole — Frank Sinatra vein, but his first efforts in that style failed. Blessed with an exceptionally wide range that encompassed three distinct vocal styles—a piercing falsetto , a smooth mid-range tenor , and a deep gospel growl—Gaye combined great technical prowess with rare musical individuality. Gaye also displayed dazzling virtuosity by overdubbing building sound track by track onto a single tape his own voice three or four times to provide his own rich harmony , a technique he would employ for the rest of his career. In Gaye wrote the soundtrack for the film Trouble Man , with lyrics that mirrored his own sense of insecurity. I Want You was another meditation on libidinous liberation. Back in Los Angeles, his home from the s, his essential conflict—between the sacred and secular—grew more intense.
Find Marvin Gaye biography and history on AllMusic - Few figures in Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. was born on April 2, , in Washington, D.C., the second child of .
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American singer, songwriter, keyboard player and drummer, one of the lead stars of the Motown group during the '60's and '70s and an influential force in the music scene. Marvin was the second of three kids born to an ordained minister in a conservative Christian sect which imposed strict codes of conduct and observed no holidays. He began singing in church at age three, rapidly standing out with a voice that developed into a graceful tenor and three-octave range. After graduating high school, Gaye had a stint in the U. Cutting a single with the "Rainbows," he segued into the "Moonglows.
He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the s, 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". During the s, he recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown, along with Stevie Wonder , to break away from the reins of a production company. Gaye was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. His first home was in a public housing project,  the Fairfax Apartments  now demolished at 1st Street SW in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. Most buildings were small, in extensive disrepair, and lacked both electricity and running water.