Marvin Gaye Sync Placements

Music by Marvin Gaye has been featured in the Playing Cupid soundtrack, and Far Cry 5 soundtrack. Some of Marvin Gaye’s most popular songs include Let’s Get It On, which was featured in the Onward soundtruck, and Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), featured in the .

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About Marvin Gaye

Without Marvin Gaye, both R&B as we know it and American pop in general would have sounded rather different. His gifts as a musician, songwriter, and singer helped put the Motown sound on the map. And his innovative, eclectic vision found him continually pushing beyond the borders of R&B. Born in Washington, DC, in 1939, Gaye had a tough childhood before forming the vocal group The Marquees in 1957. They became a backing group for former Moonglows singer Harvey Fuqua, and by 1961 Gaye had moved to Detroit, where he became a session drummer for Motown, playing on milestones like The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman” and Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips.” He then began penning songs for Motown artists, co-writing hits like The Marvelettes’ “Beechwood 4-5789” and Martha & The Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street.” When he started making records under his own name for the label, he was a jazz balladeer; it was only when he turned his fluid tenor to R&B on 1962’s “Stubborn Kind of Fellow” that he found success. The mercurial Gaye spent the next few years recording show tunes and a Nat “King” Cole tribute album amid his more soulful sides. He hit his stride with crossover hits like “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” and “Ain’t That Peculiar” and a series of Tammi Terrell duets epitomized by “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” But Gaye began edging toward a more emotionally and musically sophisticated place with 1968’s immortal “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and in 1971 he helped alter the course of soul with the socially conscious, complexly textured . Gaye never stopped innovating—his smoldering, disco-friendly 1977 smash “Got to Give It Up” was a crucial influence on Michael Jackson’s adult career, and the synths and drum machine of 1982’s electro-soul burner “Sexual Healing” once again led R&B someplace new. But his career was cut tragically short when he was shot dead by his father during a fight at the family home on April 1, 1984.

 About Marvin Gaye

About “Let’s Get It On”

“Let’s Get It On” is a deceptively simple declaration of sex-positivity, released at a time when such statements were revolutionary. It is even more impressive when one considers that it was created by a man awakening from the trauma of growing up constantly physically and emotionally abused by a preacher father who conditioned his children to regard sex as shameful. That father, Marvin Gaye Sr., would infamously murder his son in 1984.

The song celebrates a turning point for the younger Marvin, who first learned to play music in the church and at one point endeavored to follow in his father’s footsteps as a minister.

In “Let’s Get It On,” Marvin is still making spiritual music, but this time to elevate the act of physical love and exalt it as an expression of a living person’s potential on Earth.

 About “Let’s Get It On”

What have the artists said about the song?

Rolling Stone labelled it as “…a masterpiece of erotic persuasion”.

Marvin Gaye was somewhat more equivocal -not “advocate promiscuity” but admitted that it had “some aphrodisiac power.”

What have the artists said about the song?

Top Ten Most Sampled Basslines

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I am looking for a song sampled by an unknown artist of Marvin Gaye’s „Chained“ … It was used in a rap, and being played in a commercial on television …


Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was one of the greatest entertainers of his day.

Gaye started out as a member of the doo-wop group the Moonglows and then embarked on an extremely successful solo career on Motown Records. His early hits included „How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)“ and „I’ll Be Doggone.“ During the same period, he was writing hits for other Motown groups, such as the Marvelettes‘ „Beechwood 4-5789“ and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas‘ „Dancing in the Street,“ and was a session drummer. Marvin’s works defined the „Motown Sound,“ which was a blend of R&B and pop music with orchestral strings.

Gaye frequently sang his hits with various female artists, such as Kim Weston and Mary Wells. His most famous duets were with Tammi Terrell, singing the songs of Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, who also produced them with a psychedelic sound. The hits like „Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“ and „Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing“ created the illusion that Gaye and Terrell were lovers (which they weren’t). These duets continued until Terrell got a malignant brain tumor in 1968 which killed her two years later. This put Gaye in a depression, refusing to acknowledge the success of his singles and desperately wanting creative control.


Gaye’s best-regarded album was What’s Going On (1971), released only after a raucous argument over it with Motown head, Berry Gordy, to critical and commercial success note  (pretty much any list of „Greatest Albums in History“ you’ll ever see will have three albums at or near the top: The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beach BoysPet Sounds, and What’s Going On) that spawned hits such as the title track and „Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology).“ After the album’s release, Gaye renegotiated a contract with Motown that allowed him creative control and made him the highest earning African-American musician at the time. Gaye moved to Los AngelesDetroit in order to score the blaxploitation film Trouble Man; the soundtrack was a hit.

After the socially conscious What’s Going On, Gaye switched to sensual songs for his next album Let’s Get It On (1973). The album cemented Gaye’s reputation as a sex symbol and became the biggest selling album during his lifetime. The title track became his biggest selling single. Gaye slowly moved towards funk with this album and his next few.


In 1978, Gaye’s wife, Anna Gordy (the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy) divorced him, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking money in palimony to support their adopted son. As a result of a deal Gaye’s lawyer made, Gaye would give her half the royalties from his next album. He wrote an album in three months but held onto the album that would become Here, My Dear (1978) for a year. At the time of its release, the album was indeed neither critically nor commercially successful, leading to accusations that Gaye released a lackluster album intentionally to make sure his ex-wife would end up with as little money as possible, despite this being against Gaye’s best interest. Regardless, the album has since been Vindicated by History, and today is seen as one of his best albums. The following year, Gaye filed for bankruptcy and moved to Hawaii. His next album, In Our Lifetime (1981), was edited and remixed by Motown without Gaye’s consent; he terminated his contract with Motown shortly afterward and moved to Belgium.

In 1982, Gaye signed with Columbia Records, which released his comeback album Midnight Love (1982) and the Grammy-winning single „Sexual Healing,“ which was a change in style to European flavored pop and contemporary R&B. This was then followed up in 1983 with a tour of the US, the pressure of which caused Gaye to descend into chronic cocaine use; Gaye became increasingly paranoid that he would be assassinated, frequently wearing a bulletproof vest when not on stage.

Following the tour’s conclusion, Gaye moved back in with his parents to look after his mother, who was recovering from kidney surgery. Old childhood tensions between him and his father ended up flaring up again, and the two would frequently quarrel with one another, reaching a point where Gaye would jump in on arguments between his parents and physically assault his father (who himself was becoming increasingly aggressive and confrontational). Gaye also became increasingly suicidal, and attempted to kill himself by jumping in front of a moving vehicle; he was left with only minor bruises.

Both Gaye’s tensions with his father and his suicidal tendencies would reach a breaking point on April 1, 1984: following another confrontation with him, Gaye’s father entered his bedroom and shot him with a pistol Gaye had previously given to him as a Christmas present. Frankie, Gaye’s brother, was alerted to the shooting, found Gaye, and cradled him in his dying moments; according to Frankie, it was at this point that Gaye revealed that he had intentionally coerced their father into murdering him. Gaye’s father would later be given a six-year suspended sentence and five years of probation for the killing (he died in 1998). Thus ended the life of the man whose works ranged from doo-wop to soul and political to sexual, who influenced others to gain creative control and produce themselves, and who made uniquely autobiographical albums.