Marvin Gaye, Let’s Get It On
Marvin celebrating his 40th birthday at a birthday party celebration inside a Los Angeles disco with wife Janis and sister Zeola, April 1979
Notice the birthday cake is of a woman’s body covered in a bikini!
Levi Stubs (The Four Tops), Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and songwriter/producer Ivy Jo Hunter, c1960s
"Most fear stems from sin; to limit one’s sins, one must assuredly limit one’s fear, thereby bringing more peace to one’s spirit."
Marvin Gaye - “Sanctified Lady”
Fun fact: The song was originally titled “Sanctified Pussy” and you can hear Marvin mumble it during some parts of the chorus.
Another fun fact: Marvin often mentioned the song during his 1983 interviews as a song he was determined to release despite Columbia warning him that it was lyrically explicit, if not sexually explicit.
Can we just accept that Marvin Gaye had one of the greatest voices ever?
It’s been long accepted but it doesn’t hurt to remind folks again…
On February 14, 1981, under the advice of music promoter Freddy Cousaert, Marvin Gaye relocated to Cousaert’s apartment in Ostend, Belgium. While there, Gaye shied away from heavy drug use and began exercising and attending a local Ostend church, regaining personal confidence.Following several months of recovery, Gaye sought a comeback onstage, starting the short-lived Heavy Love Affair tour in England and Ostend between June and July 1981