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1960 and 61 Marvin, the beginning and in love

Marvin's First Album Cover in 1961
Marvin’s First Album Cover in 1961

With a few edits, I picked these early details of Marvin on Wikipedia – Gaye, “a long admirer of different forms of music from early rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz and doo-wop, Gaye sought to mix the styles of Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Little Willie John (you can really hear Marvin taking on his style) and Jesse Belvin, first getting involved in groups such as the Marquees. After living in Chicago for two years and following a tour in Detroit, lead singer Harvey Fuqua decided to split up the group and take Gaye with him to help get him work in Detroit that was becoming musical. Fuqua then signed Gaye to Harvey and Tri-Phi Records, his own label and also assigned him to work with his then-girlfriend Gwen Gordy’s Anna label. Listen to this playlist to hear Artists that influenced Marvin Gaye

Harvey Fuqua reassigned Gaye’s contract to Motown’s Tamla label where Gaye worked for the following twenty years. It was during this time that he fell in love with Anna Gordy and married within one year. Reference – wikipedia.org “TheSoulfulMoodsofMarvinGaye”

One of the songs on the album “The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye” is I’ll Never Let You Gowritten by Anna Gordy and Harvey Fuqua.Raw Marvin Gaye, you can hear his youth in this tune. The album was recorded over two weeks and was released on June 8, 1961. Sadly, Jesse Belvin died in 1960, listen to this report here. News Report