Black History Month Spotlight: Marvin Gaye

The late Marvin Gaye, who was shot to death at the age of 44, was one of the most prolific artists of all times.  The artist, whose music lives on, recorded dozens of hits, many of which were socially conscious and still reflect the struggles of people throughout the world.

He is known for such songs as “What’s Going On,” “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow,”  “Sexual Healing” and countless others, but in recent times, one of his biggest hits,  “Got To Give It Up,” was at the center  of a lawsuit when the Marvin Gaye Estate sued  Robin Thicke  over Thicke’s monster hit  “Blurred Lines” for copyright infringement. (The matter was settled.)

Never afraid to push the envelope, Gaye, who was signed to Motown Records, was beloved by many of the label’s artists, including Diana Ross, Tammi Terrell and Smokey Robinson.




This year the United States Postal Service  (USPS) honored the beloved singer with a Forever stamp.  Fans will note that there is text about his legacy and  according to representatives from the USPS, “the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve.”   Bet Marvin Gaye would have given that his stamp of approval!