Marvin Gaye would’ve been 73 today, and I’m pretty sure had he been around today he would’ve joined Harry Belafonte, Smokey Robinson and Richard Gere as one of my silver fox crushes.With movie star looks, effortless sensuality and vocal chops that inspire a whole smorgasbord of emotions ranging from passion to pain, it comes as no surprise that Marvin’s name still falls from the lips of every wet behind the ear soul artist looking to make a mark, despite having passed on nearly thirty years ago. Marvin’s music is the very personification of timeless and still features prominently in my household. If I’m feeling a little melancholy I’ll listen to the haunting, sombre melody of Just To Keep You Satisfied. Feeling a bit optimistic and starry eyed in love/ life I’ll put on a Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet, usually If This World Were Mine or You’re All I Need to Get By. If I’m plagued by frustration and confusion, my feelings can be tempered with the smooth jazzy composition Trouble Man where Marvin can be found exposing his vulnerability, repeatedly reminding us that “he comes apart” (don’t we all bruv, don’t we all). And if you’re feeling, well you know…a lil frisky, there’s more than a few choice numbers to accompany you in the boudoir. Let’s Get It On is probably the sexiest record ever recorded (note to the young uns: this is a perfect example of ‘less is more’. The erotic nature of this classic is more about what’s implied than what was actually said). Additional songs that will have you reaching for the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign include I Want You and You Sure Love to Ball. If you wish to know more about the genius and complexity of this brilliant man, I do urge you to buy a copy of Divided Soul by David Ritz.
Rest in eternal peace Marvin. The world didn’t get to witness you being sexy in your seventies, but you sure left us with one hell of a back catalogue to ensure you’ll be with us at least in song, for years to come.