Wednesday, January 28 2009
When Obie Benson of the Four Tops brought him a song he had co-written with Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye found something that had reflected the way he had been feeling ever since Tammi Terrell's death -- anger, sadness, and disillusionment about his friend's death and the chaotic world around him.
Tuesday, July 29 2008
Sometimes changing the course of modern music can be surprisingly easy. Though their names may not be laced in the stars right next to Sinatra and Dylan, these mavericks will always be remembered for breaking boundaries, stretching the definitions of genres, and rewriting what the very notion of a "pop song" is.
Tuesday, July 17 2007
"Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine, go down .." Julie Andrews sang in Mary Poppins. Indeed, a bitter dose of angry words in need of saying, and set to a beat, quite effectively gets heard.
Thursday, March 27 2003
The original version of 'Compared to What' is a powerful example of black pop that wasn't afraid, echoing Audre Lorde, to speak truth to power.
Wednesday, August 29 2001
Music aficionados and classic soul listeners are also likely up in arms at 'Music', Eric Sermon's digitized duet with the late Marvin Gaye, who was murdered by his father on April 1, 1984.
Thursday, April 10 2008
Gaye put his frustrations and anger into one of the most painfully intimate song cycles in musical history and then released it to the public, creating a time-delayed classic.
Wednesday, September 26 2007
Marvin Gaye sure knew how to woo his audience. Although he exuded sexuality, it was his great songs that gave his shows substance.
Monday, March 22 2004
Saturday, January 10 2004
Monday, January 14 2002
Wednesday, February 12 2014
During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.
Wednesday, October 20 2010
At number six on the list, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On has been called the greatest soul album of all time. But is it truly "right on"—or maybe a little bit "jive"? Counterbalance’s Mendelsohn and Klinger find out what's happening, brother.