He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company. Gaye was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. His first home was in a public housing project,  the Fairfax Apartments  now demolished at 1st Street SW in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood.
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Hello Broadway is the fourth studio album by soul singer Marvin Gaye , released in It is an album of standards and Broadway material. It would take Gaye years to craft an album of standards that were more of his making, rather than the Cole -styled vocals he laid during this earlier period. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.
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January 24, An immediate landmark recording, it was the first of Gaye's albums to break the top ten of Billboard's Top LPs, and quickly became Motown's best-selling record. This includes the original album, plus 12 bonus tracks featuring each of the LP's original mono single versions and their B-sides, two of which are different takes — "God Is Love" and "Sad Tomorrows," an earlier version of "Flying High in the Friendly Sky " — while the pre-album single version of "What's Going On" has no "party" intro and a false fade. Also included is the title song's earliest mix, initially made as a reference for Motown's in-house quality control department before horns and strings were added; a dramatic instrumental mix; a "Coffeehouse Mix" by Grammy-winning engineer Russ Elevado that emphasizes the track's previously buried acoustic guitar, originally available on a Record Store Day exclusive 10" EP for the album's 45th anniversary in Other tracks are an early working version of "Symphony," written by Marvin with Smokey Robinson, in which Marvin sings over and over, "what's going on?
American music artist Marvin Gaye released 25 studio albums, four live albums, one soundtrack album, 24 compilation albums , and 83 singles. In Gaye signed a recording contract with Tamla Records , owned by Motown. Gaye's first album to chart was a duet album with Mary Wells titled Together , peaking at number forty-two on the Billboard pop album chart. Gaye recorded more than thirty hit singles for Motown throughout the s , becoming established as "the Prince of Motown". Gaye's landmark album, 's What's Going On became the first album by a solo artist to launch three top ten singles, including the title track.