Friday, May 21, 2010
Marvin Gaye: What Happened Brother?
Nat King Cole was an internationally popular jazz pianist and singer during the 1940s and 50s. He had a rich smooth vocal style and had numerous hit records. Cole was one of the first black entertainers to host his own television variety show. He was a role model for Marvin Gaye, who began his singing career in the late 50s. In 1965 Marvin Gaye made a tribute album of the music of Nat King Cole.
The son of a preacher, Marvin Gaye began his musical career singing and playing in the church. In the late 50s he began singing in a R&B/Doo-wop group called the Marquees. They were discovered by Rock and Roll legend Bo Diddley and signed to record what would become a minor hit. Later, Gaye joined the Doo-wop group The Moonglows.
On Monday I will be posting NINE NICE JAZZ FAVORITES, a listing of jazz albums that are some of my favorites. If you enjoy jazz, feel free to join me in this listing. And remember that jazz can cover a wide range of musical styles including big band, smooth modern jazz, many vocalists, and numerous other styles. I'll leave it to your interpretation. As far as I am concerned, jazz does not just have to be hard to understand improvisational music. What does jazz mean to you?