Throwback: Black History Month: Marvin Gaye

Today is the 12th day of Black History Month. Over the course of the month, I’ll spend some time paying tribute to Black artists across a wide and diverse array of genres and styles. My hope is that these posts should serve as an important reminder that the Black experience is the American experience, that Black culture is American culture — and importantly, Black lives and Black art matter. You can’t love Black art and Black artists without giving a shit about Black people. 

This month won’t be a comprehensive study of Black music. It’ll be more idiosyncratic because — well, JOVM after all. Now, if you’ve been following this site, you may recall that so far I’ve paid tribute to:

I must pay tribute to the legendary Marvin Gaye. If you know anything about pop and soul music, you know that Gaye is one-half of some of the greatest duets ever recorded. What’s Going On is one of the best albums ever recorded and the album manages to be as relevant and as important today as it was when he was initially released over 50 years ago.