September 18, 2007 9:00 AM Subscribe
His father was a minister in the Apostolic Church, but, after a series of arguments about his son's womanizing and heavy cocaine use he ended up shooting his own son down
The biggest of Motown's
solo artists. Marvin Gaye
often struggled with his brother-in-law, Berry Gordy
over his desire to pursue different creative choices rather than following the tried and tested commercial formula.
Nevertheless, nobody defines The Sound of Young America more than Gaye did. He was hugely successful at every stage of the label's history, from his earliest dance records
, through his romantic duets
with the labels greatest divas
After huge successes with material
during Motown's classic middle period, Gaye began exploring material not traditionally associated with dance oriented label, firstly with the socially conscious
stuff on his 1971 album, What's Going On, which was then followed by his exploration of adult oriented love songs on his subsequent 1973 album, Lets Get it On
, and the album he made prior to his death, Sexual Healing.
Covered by many
, but never bettered