Well, folks, Winter’s Town Cryer is officially here in Ottawa, Canada. We woke up to a dusting of the white stuff. Now whether it will last is another matter, but Winter has announced that it has arrived.
With that said, welcome to “Soulful Sunday,” and to start us off is one of Motown’s lead acts, none other than Marvin Gaye. Marvin was so popular that Motown’s founder, Barry Gordy, teamed him with several female singing partners, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross. There is a fifth female performer, Oma Page or Oma Heard. That particular duet did not do well, so Motown did not market like the others.
Three of his partners left Motown and their solo careers tanked. After Tammi Terrell died from brain tumours, Marvin went into a funk and stated that he would not do a duet again. This was the period when romantic duets were all the rage and Barry Gordy needed something to spark his protege’s Diana Ross’ solo career.
As it happened, Ms. Ross did a cover of the Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye number “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” that became an international hit.
Marvin about the same time released his “What’s Going On,” album and we know what that did for his career.
Gordy eventually convinced Marvin to do an album with Diana and that was released in 1973.
In between the “What’s Going On,” album and the duet album with Diana Ross, Marvin did a movie score for “Blaxploitation,” movie called “Trouble Man.” The soundtrack was released in 1972.
Here is Marvin Gaye with the Title song “Trouble Man.”