Equally sensual and poetic, a singer-songwriter unrivaled.
A flawless singer and brilliant songwriter, Marvin Gaye was a prime mover of Black music from the early 1960s into the 1980s. His masterpiece, What's Going On became a template for how to marry a strong message with a pop sensibility in order to reach as large an audience as possible.
He spent much of his early career with Motown as a sessions drummer earning $5 a week. He found success as co-writer of the Marvelettes "Beechwood 4-5789."
Leader of The Miracles, songwriter, and Motown pioneer.
His name says it all. He is indeed a wonder.
They set the mold for female r&b and pop vocal groups.
Impeccable harmonies and fine-tuned stage choreography.
The sound of young America masterminded by Berry Gordy.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.