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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye sang to survive.

Gaye's singing nurtured the soul-both the audience's and his own. He used his honeyed tenor to explore sexuality and social issues on such sprawling concept albums as the intensely exploratory What's Going On. Marvin Gaye made a huge contribution to soul music in general and the Motown sound in particular. As one of Motown’s renaissance men, Gaye could do it all. He wrote, produced and played a variety of instruments. Most of all, Gaye possessed a classic R&B voice that was edged with grit yet tempered with sweetness. A musical visionary, he conceived of albums as something more than individual songs, whether it be his early collections of show tunes and standards or later thematic masterworks about the state of the world (1971's What’s Going On?), sexual politics (1973's Let’s Get It On) and marriage (1978's Here, My Dear). More on rockhall.com...

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