Stubborn Kinda Fella: Remembering Marvin Gaye airs Sunday, February 22 at 9 PM on Jazzy 88.9 or tune in at wcsufm.org
Soul legend Marvin Gaye was a writer, producer, vocalist and extraordinary artist. This week the AAPRC presents radio documentary, “Stubborn Kinda Fella: Remembering Marvin Gaye”. The one-hour show is hosted by his lifelong friend and colleague Smokey Robinson, and produced by BBC Producer Sue Clark.
This particular piece is a very personal look into the man and the artist. Marvin Gaye was very complex. Clips from interviews with his younger sister Zeola, wife Janis, record company executives, music critics and promoters intertwine the story of his inner conflict with the making of his music, as if inseparable. They also trace his amazing evolution from background singer at Motown Records, to writer, producer and vocalist with the ability to imprint the culture with his perspectives on social and personal issues — through music.
A maverick, Marvin Gaye fought for Motown to release his landmark album, “What’s Going On”, a social commentary that created an entirely new genre of soul music. A genius in the recording studio, there is no musician alive that does not recognize Marvin as a monument.
This month, the AAPRC offers to public radio stations and audiences, “Stubborn Kinda Fella: Remembering Marvin Gaye”, in tribute to this African-American icon.