Adeli’s Music Blog

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939-April 1, 1984)

Posted in music by adeli on April 1, 2009

On this day in 1984, Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father during an argument in Los Angeles at the age of 44, the day before his next birthday.

Let’s witness a fantastic live performance by the legendary artist.

What’s Going On / What’s Happening Brother

Curtis Mayfield

Posted in music by adeli on June 3, 2008

The R&B funkster Curtis Mayfield was born on this day in 1942. He was a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious soul music, as well as an multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, piano, drums, and saxophone.

Mayfield’s Number 1 Soul hit, “We’re a Winner,” became an anthem of the black pride movement in 1967, as was his “Keep on Pushing“, with his group The Impressions, had been an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement.

His 1972 album Super Fly, the soundtrack to the film of the same name, was one of the most important albums of the time. Along with Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and Stevie Wonder’s works, this album was instrumental in bringing about a new socially conscious, funky style of music.

Keep On Pushing

Move On Up


People Get Ready

Marvin Gaye: Sweet, Silky Soul

Posted in music by adeli on April 2, 2008


In honor of Marvin Gaye’s birthday today, I’ve compiled his best work from the early days, his duets, to Sexual Healing. So, let’ s get it on and take a look at his finest performances.

The first video is a performance not many people have seen: Marvin singing The Star Spangled Banner at the 1983 NBA All Star Game.

Here’s his biggest hit I Heard It Through the Grapevine, which held the top spot for seven weeks in 1968-69.

During his early days at Motown, Marvin Gaye teamed up with Tammi Terrell for three albums of duets. Here are some of their best tunes:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Your Precious Love
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

Below, the very best of Marvin. Enjoy!

Let’s Get it On

What’s Going On

Inner City Blues

Hitch Hike

Got To Give It Up

Sexual Healing

Finally, Diana Ross’ tribute to Marvin: Missing You