Marvin Gaye on why mainstream black singers want to be Pop and not R&B:
"Pop meant selling whites, and R&B or soul meant selling the sisters and brothers back in the neighborhood. Everyone wanted to sell whites ‘cause whites got the most money. Our attitude was—-give us some. It’s that simple."
— From Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, David Ritz
CultureSOUL: Marvin & Stevie - The Soul Men
Three decades - c. 1960s-1980s
Marvin Gaye, “Without You” [single, 1967]
I’m not going to jot down like a list of unfinished chores all the Marvin Gaye albums I’ve purchased in the last few years, the compilations offering me a rare single or two, the re-releases baiting me with bonus tracks. I don’t know why “The Master” box set hasn’t been recommended to me before. This is primary among the tracks that matter most to me. The sense of urgency that drives the song is something rare and quite beautiful.
Marvin Gaye “Lonely Lover,” Motown Records (1995, recoreded Jan 1965)
How about a little soul for the whole week?
Amerigo Gazaway/Yasiin Gaye - I Want You ‘Til The Summertime