MARVIN GAYE-TROUBLE MAN.
What’s Going On, released on 20th May 1971, marked the second chapter in Marvin Gaye’s career. For many people, What’s Going On marked the start of Marvin Gaye’s career as a serious artist. Indeed, What’s Going On, was far removed from the poppy soul Marvin Gaye had previously been a purveyor of. Not only did What’s Going On, mark a coming of age as an artist for Marvin Gaye, but was the start of a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums he’d release between 1971 and 1978.
One of the best blaxploitation film soundtracks of all time, right up there with Shaft, Super Fly, Across 110th Street and the Mack and by arguably the most talented artist to emerge from Motown Records.
WHEN I saw Noddy Holder recently, the former Slade frontman recalled how it was down to Little Richard that he got involved in music, something you could see in the way he always projected that mighty voice of his.
While I can't deny Richard Penniman's influence on so many ballsy rock'n'roll singers, it's another native of Macon, Georgia - and another inspired by him - who did it for me, born nine years later in 1941.
Otis was a legend before his time too... RIP, nice post.