I don’t know much about Marvin Gaye. Okay, I know he makes music. Well, made music as it turns out because I can’t say that I really knew that he had died or anything about his death. I knew that he made some music that supposedly super sexy or something but I’ve never been a fan. I don’t always read about any of the artist on this list while googling album art but I couldn’t help but notice that Gaye wasn’t that old when he died. I’ll leave that for you to google.
Rolling Stone made in interesting comment on its list about Here, My Dear (Motown, 1978). It’s part of divorce settlement. What? Yeah, in order to end divorce proceedings Gaye was convinced to give up half of the percentage of album royalties he would earn from his next Motown album to his ex-wife. The entire thing is dedicated to the demise of his marriage to his first wife. An album full of breakup songs. Great. Initially it was a commercial and critical failure. Motown and Gaye both stopped promoting the album. The ex-wife even considered suing Gaye for invasion of privacy. Here, My Dear was re-released in 1994 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the singer’s death, and that’s when it reached number one on the R&B charts.
I tend to agree with the guys from the ‘70s, it’s weird.