This performance showcases the legendary soul singer in concert in 1981 performing some of his best-known songs from the groundbreaking 1971 album, "What's Going On." The concert captures Marvin Gaye at a transitional moment in his career when he was no longer on Motown Records and was a year away from making his comeback with his No. 1 hit, "Sexual Healing." Part of the Coda Gone Too Soon Theme.
In countless ways, a band or vocal group is like a family. Sometimes these artistic fraternities involve actual family members, and then the process of making music becomes really personal. Such relationships can underpin levels of intimacy and communication that elevate the songs. They can also lead to the kind of squabbles that tear bands apart. Either way, family bands provide a fascinating window into the ups and downs of musical collaboration.
Groundbreakers innovate and originate. They’re the artists by whom we measure music’s before-and-after evolution. There was reggae before Lee “Scratch” Perry and reggae music after Lee “Scratch” Perry, acid-rock before and after Pink Floyd, guitar playing before and after Jimi Hendrix. They’re among the groundbreakers who build new roads for all who come after to travel.