Legendary soul singer Marvin Gayewould’ve celebrated his 72nd birthday today.
Marvin’s early years in the music industry were spent singing in doo wop groups like The Moonglows, and working as a session drummer for Motown acts like The Miracles, The Contours, Martha & The Vandellas, and The Marvellettes. Marvin played drums on Little Stevie Wonder’s breakout single “Fingertips Pt. 2″ in 1963.
His first album as a solo artist, 1961′s The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye, contained jazz influenced covers of Broadway showtunes and went largely unnoticed. Gaye wouldn’t find success on the charts until a year later when his single “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow” became a hit. A long string of Top 40 singles followed including “Hitch Hike,” “Pride & Joy” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” to name a few.
Marvin found quite a bit of success in the 1960s recording duets with artists like Mary Wells and Kim Weston. However it was Tammi Terrell who Marvin would find the most success with. Marvin and Tammi recorded several monster singles together including “You’re All I Need To Get By” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing.”