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Masterpieces: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

by Bill Demain Only one man could make an album about poverty, drugs, and the Vietnam War sound sexy and soulful. That man was Marvin Gaye, and his vision changed the music industry forever. On what would have been his 72nd birthday, let’s look back at What’s Going On. In November 1970, Marvin Gaye brought Motown Records [...]

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Motown!

Fifty years ago, Berry Gordy, a songwriter for local Detroit acts like The Matadors and Jackie Wilson, borrowed $800 from his family and founded two record labels that became incorporated a year later as Motown Record Corporation. In its half-century of existence Motown forged an unmistakable sound in popular music, turned a number of artists [...]