Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye

Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye

David Ritz

Language: English

Pages: 416

ISBN: 030681191X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Drawing from interviews conducted before Marvin Gaye's death, acclaimed music writer David Ritz has created a full-scale portrait of the brilliant but tormented artist. With a cast of characters that includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder, this intimate biography is a definitive and enduring look at the man who embodied the very essence of the word soul.

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nervous. Forced to leave Belgium for several weeks over visa problems, he found himself working in Munich, Germany. The transition was unsettling. When he returned, he called for Gordon Banks, who joined him back in Ohaine. Gaye was rattled; he needed reassurance; his incomplete album sounded uneven to him, formless. The further behind he fell in delivering the master tapes, the greater his fear that he’d lost the pulse of popular taste. When he heard Harvey’s name mentioned as a possible

You)/Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)/God Is Love/What’s Going On/Save the Children/Distant Lover Medley with Florence Lyles: You’re All I Need to Get By/Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing/Your Precious Love/It Takes Two/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Long studio version: Got to Give It Up 1978: Here, My Dear Here, My Dear/I Met a Little Girl/When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You/Anger/Is That Enough ?/Everybody Needs Love/Time to Get It Together/Sparrow/Anna’s Song/A Funky

attention: his talent, his ego, his charm demanded it. The original Moonglows had recorded for Chess, and Harvey had established a long-time working relationship with the label. Phil and Leonard Chess had started out in the forties hustling records out of the trunk of their car. Somehow they managed to tap a main vein of black music—the deep funk of country blues, electrified by the city lights of Chicago’s South Side. At one time or another, the Chess brothers recorded Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon,

According to Bishop Simon Peter Rawlings, chief apostle of the church and for years Marvin Gay, Sr.’s closest associate and friend, the movement was founded in 1918 by R. A. R. Johnson, a black man, from New Bern, North Carolina. The long, official name is a combination of quotes from the Old and New Testaments, Isaiah and First Timothy: The House of God, the Holy Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth, the House of Prayer for All People. Similarly, the church is a bizarre

had said. Father’s response was to ban the boy from his home. Soon afterward, Michael was sent to Detroit to live with his Aunt Zeola. Jeanne Gay remembered it differently. “Michael always wanted to live with us, but he’d been led to believe that Aunt Pearl was his mother. Mother wanted to tell him the truth, but Father didn’t. Michael finally discovered the truth when he became a teenager, and Father responded by sending him to Detroit where he lived with Aunt Zeola, another sister of

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