Feb 16, 2016
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
I saw the name Marvin Gaye on old 7” singles while growing up and distinctly remembered Sexual Healing was a huge hit in the summer of 1982.
As I was exploring the late 1960s/early 1970s sounds, I did some research on Marvin Gaye’s music and history.
The duets with Tammi Terrell were the most magical. They looked and sounded perfect for each other. Because their timeless chemistry is still felt and perceived to this day, it is very easy to romanticize their recordings and one can only imagine them as the Romeo & Juliet of Motown Records.
They were probably marketed as such but it is not a far stretch of the imagination to see them as lovebirds making music for lovebirds. Terrell dying in Gaye’s arms while on stage could on hand invite comparisons of Romeo & Juliet but it was responsible for Marvin Gaye creating his own masterpiece, What's Going On, which could be considered the musical equivalent of Shakespeare’s great literary works.