As the music world mourns today for Nipsey Hussle, it was 35 years ago this Monday that Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay, Sr. The relationship of this father and son combination had always been toxic, but it turned into a tragedy that took away the life of one of the music industry’s greatest stars ever.
When the incident occurred, Marvin Gaye was in the middle of a heroic comeback with the smash hit “Sexual Healing”. He had climbed back onto the billboard charts in the mid 1980’s during the peak of Michael Jackson.
Of course, Gaye already solidified himself as an all-time great with the thought provoking “What’s Goin’ On?” in 1971. It was a bona fide masterpiece that Berry Gordy originally didn’t want to release due to its political aspects that challenged the notion of America going to war in Vietnam.
It is also said that Berry Gordy helped to “flop” the single “You’re The Man” because it was directed at then President Richard Nixon. The song floated around without any true release until now.
Slate has a good history of this “lost” classic. The album production by Willie Hutch and The Mizell Brothers and is now on Tidal. The song speaks about maybe America should have “a lady president” which was well advanced for its years, but still has not transpired. One of the lines below is perhaps an appropriate way to end this remembrance of Marvin Gaye which could be seen as poetic for today’s troubled times.
Demagogues and minority haters/should never be elected, now or laterMarvin Gaye
He is remembered today from 9:30pm – 12:00am EST on WorldWide Entertainment TV Network.