American music artist Marvin Gaye released 25 studio albums, four live albums, one soundtrack album, 24 compilation albums , and 83 singles. In Gaye signed a recording contract with Tamla Records , owned by Motown. Gaye's first album to chart was a duet album with Mary Wells titled Together , peaking at number forty-two on the Billboard pop album chart. Gaye recorded more than thirty hit singles for Motown throughout the s , becoming established as "the Prince of Motown". Gaye's landmark album, 's What's Going On became the first album by a solo artist to launch three top ten singles, including the title track. His single, " Let's Get It On ", topped the charts while its subsequent album reached number two on the charts becoming his most successful Motown album to date. In , after 21 years with Motown, Gaye signed with Columbia Records and issued Midnight Love , which included his most successful single to date, " Sexual Healing ". Following his death in , three albums were released posthumously while some of Gaye's landmark works were re-issued. Gaye recorded sixty seven charted singles on the Billboard charts, with forty-one reaching the top forty, eighteen reaching the top ten and three peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot Gaye also had success in international charts, his biggest success in sales and chart positions peaking in the UK while achieving modest success in other countries.
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Welcome to the Playlist series. Painstakingly compiled by the artists and the music nuts at Legacy Recordings, these collections truly represent an artists' complete body of work. We've fished through hundreds-thousands-of tracks to cherry pick the perfect playlists.
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It is a hugely sad moment, not just because of the pain caused, but mainly because of the huge potential loss. Gaye did what very few other artists of his time, roll with the punches and move with the times. Gaye saw not only the opportunities in front of him but the handles by which to grab them by. The title track of his 11th studio album, Marvin Gaye began to open his eyes and talent toward more socially relevant topics.
The collection also landed at streaming services four days before what would have been his 80th birthday — April 2. It arrives ensconced in nostalgia and chock-full of harrowing untapped potential. Man was originally set for release in Gaye, it seemed, was settling into a groove, albeit one not completely welcome under the Motown umbrella of factory-assembled hits about romantic love and happily ever after. The album features 15 songs that, until now, had never before been pressed to vinyl. It reads like a ringing endorsement of Shirley Chisholm , who was running for president the same year. Can you take the guns from our sons? Yet, hearing it among other Gaye songs of the same period gives it even more depth, heartbreak, misery and resonance. In a beautiful homage to his own gospel roots — music introduced to him by his father, Marvin Gay Sr. A first and common thought about Gaye is his one-of-a-kind sensuality.