Marvin Gaye

JANIS HUNTER GAYE DIES AT 66, Second Wife of Motown Legend Marvin Gaye

Stylist, manager, author, JANIS GAYE, the second wife of Motown legend Marvin Gaye and the subject of several of his songs, died Saturday, December 3, at her home in Rhode Island. She was 66 years old. She is survived by her sister, Shawnn Monteiro, her brother Mark Gaillard, her children, Nona and Frankie, and grandson Nolan Pentz.

SONG OF THE DAY: Marvin Gaye-Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

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Music video by Marvin Gaye performing Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler). (C) 1971 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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SONG OF THE DAY: What’s Going On (Official Video)

We shot ‘What’s Going On’ in Detroit and Flint Michigan, we wanted a place that resonates with the song and the history of Motown, while also remaining relevant to the sociopolitical issues in the music video. The music video took four days to shoot, but I traveled to Michigan a couple weeks early to find the right people. It was very important for us to find real people that resonated with the stories, rather than casting actors. We wanted the history of the song and the communities we filmed in to come through in our video. For example, Steve Smith, who plays the blind man in our music video, actually worked for Motown when ‘What’s Going On’ was originally recorded.

Bass Legislation Leads to Marvin Gaye Post Office

The popular tunes of singer Marvin Gaye echoed throughout the dedication ceremony that added his name to the Dockweiler postal station in South L.A.

Thanks to legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Karen Bass and passed into law by the U.S. Congress, the station at 3585 S. Vermont Ave. is now known as the Marvin Gaye Post Office, an action that pairs nicely with the Marvin Gaye stamp, which was issued in April.

Marvin Gaye Stamp Unveiled Today and Post Office in South Los Angeles to Be Named After Icon

LOS ANGELES — A first-day-of-issue event for the commemorative stamp honoring the late soul singer Marvin Gaye will be held Tuesday at the Greek Theatre on the 80th anniversary of his birth. The stamp is part of the Postal Service’s Music Icons series. Its design features a portrait of Gaye inspired by historic photographs. The stamp pane is designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes the stamps, brief text about Gaye’s legacy, and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve. Another portrait

Menthol Milestone – The Anniversary No One is Celebrating

Coming of age in the 1970s, I can still vividly remember seeing Marvin Gaye at the Kool Jazz Festival at the Oakland Coliseum and thinking how wonderful it was that Kool cigarettes were supporting our artists. I was a teenager and didn’t connect that Big Tobacco’s sponsorships, product giveaways, and money were simply part of their master plan to get and keep Black people hooked to menthol cigarettes. It was predatory targeting and customer recruitment all dressed up as support for the Black community.  Their ability to link this deadly product to the natural “coolness” of Black people was a true marketing triumph.