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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Marvin This Morning

Posted by on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM

A couple days ago Noz linked to a couple interviews with the greatest of all time, one of my favorite subjects ever, Mr. Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., aka Marvin Gaye. The first is with "The Fly Jock", Tom Joyner, features heavy gum chewing, and is candid as hell about where his head and his life were at in 1983, the year that I met him:

Among other things, Tom asks him about love ("misery") and sex ("oh is marvelous")—his take on those subjects and their relationship, or lack thereof, he covered in the liners to What's Going On. Tom also asks Marvin about his past admission to thoughts of suicide.

The second features the man who'd later take Marvin's life the day before his 45th birthday, his father Marvin Pentz Gay Sr.

It starts with, of all things, Marvin Sr. asking his son if he was "deeply, profoundly disappointed" that he didn't make the Detroit Lions. "I was disappointed to tears", Marvin Jr. tells him. His father replies "I'ma tell you why you didn't make it...remember when you asked us to pray for you? That's one time I didn't pray for you...I didn't want them to break you up." He goes on to almost begrudgingly tells his son that he's proud of him, which is just hard to watch. "I think you're wonderful, myself", he says. "I think you're a wonderful person—I'ma give that to you, as my son". Damn, man.

But we can't leave it on a note like that. So, some music, then: I just got hip to an album of Gaye's that was released back in 2005: his Live At The Copa album, recorded in 1965, but shelved (which happened to a bunch of Marvin's more standards-oriented material, like the incredible Vulnerable album). Check a few from both of those albums after the link.


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