It is 2019, which means Marvin Gaye has been dead for 35 years.
Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his own father, Marvin Gaye Sr., after he intervened in an altercation between Gaye Sr., and his mother Alberta, causing Gaye Sr. to become enraged and shoot his son twice.
Gaye’s death ended an entire era of music.
Here’s his song “Let’s Get It On.”
It also inspired an entire tribute movement, which basically became its own genre of music.
Among these tributes includes Diana Ross’s Missing You, which subsequently was Ross’s last Top 10 hit on the United States Pop Singles chart and also her last number 1 on the R&B singles chart.
But information has come to light that a recording of an as-of-yet unheard Marvin Gaye album might be getting a release.
People is reporting that “In honor of what would have been Gaye’s 80th birthday on April 2, You’re the Man,” Gaye’s unheard album from 1972, “is finally getting its long-awaited release on CD, streaming services and double-LP.”
— Motown Records (@motown) March 22, 2019
“While some of the tracks have been included on CD compilations over the years, this marks the first time that 15 of the songs have been made available on vinyl.”
It is unclear whether Gaye would have wanted this album released, as he recorded the whole thing only to shelve it later on due to lack of enthusiasm.
On vinyl for the first time: https://t.co/6JZKEmibpS
— Lauren Nostro (@laurennostro) March 22, 2019
— Motown Museum (@Motown_Museum) March 21, 2019
— blackwax (@blackwax1) March 21, 2019
Posthumous Album 'You're The Man' Shows a New Marvin Gaye | Time https://t.co/e0Uc3Mqdel
— WhatHappenedToR&B (@WHTRNB) March 21, 2019
Time is saying the album is a glimpse into Gaye’s life “as a Crossroads.”
In 1972, “Gaye’s marriage had crumbled, he was feuding with Motown, and he spent much of his time alone in Detroit, depressed and high.”
“When his single ‘You’re the Man’ [from which the title for the album was taken] tanked on the pop charts, Gaye’s confidence–and Motown’s confidence in him–went with it. The songs he recorded for a 1972 album were scrapped and never released as a whole.”
Marvin Gaye would have turned 80 next month, and the auspicious date is being celebrated with the release, on March 29, of the long lost album You’re The Man
In advance of the album’s release, today “Symphony” has been issued…. https://t.co/N5nXaKFvQc
— richie roberts (@djrichieroberts) March 22, 2019
Marvin Gaye – You're the man ( Unreleased Extended Mix ) https://t.co/eowUwuM3AA
— Vincenzo Marino (@enzomarinoshow) March 22, 2019
Today was super great for a number of different reasons. This exclusive premiere of an unreleased track from Marvin Gaye’s lost album ‘You’re The Man’ on https://t.co/mUBmxxAywR was definitely one of them…https://t.co/BCGeaDdCcX
— Jason Reynolds (@ChordsOfFame) March 22, 2019
Check this out: https://t.co/FI2wHiRpFG
— Donnie Simpson (@DonnieSimpson) March 22, 2019
Marvin Gaye's 'Symphony' Gets Remix for Lost Album 'You're the Man' – Rolling Stone https://t.co/EkP5JcRWQn
— Stephe Meloy (@Staircase2) March 22, 2019
“This album complicates the narrative that Gaye forged a clean linear break between the political and the personal.”
“You’re the Man is a snapshot of an artist in flux, commingling both with powerful results.”
New Music: Marvin Gaye – My Last Chance (Salaam Remi Mix) + Release Date Set for Previously Unheard “You’re the Man” Albumhttps://t.co/vpdtukgDfL
— YouKnowIGotSoul.com (@YKIGS) March 19, 2019
Marvin was ahead of his time.
Timeless music right here.
— 🇺🇸🚩LeftyPickit 🚩🇺🇸 (@realeftypickit) March 20, 2019
Don't mind the part of research where I have to listen to four different versions of Marvin Gaye's "You're The Man"https://t.co/C0Yo9ovEE1
— Fabian Wolff (@fuwolff) March 18, 2019
— Universal Music Group (@UMG) March 6, 2019
— Classic Motown (@ClassicMotown) February 7, 2019
This is beyond cool. Cannot wait to hear this.
— Erik Jensen (@erikjensen123) February 8, 2019
God rest your soul@Marvin ♥️💋🌹🙏
— lori simone (@lorisimone9) February 7, 2019
What a treasure…voices from beyond. Will be a soothing combination of soul and haunting at the same time. To me, his recorded voice sounds like an echo which always seemd appropriate based on his untimely death.
— StillHere 🌊🌈✌🇺🇸 (@DouglasStill) February 8, 2019
🙌🏾 Thie King of R&B has risen
— Old School Radio (@kickitoldschool) February 8, 2019
If you listen to the words of the title song, how brilliantly apropos they are to our days now. His music is both timely and timeless. No one like Marvin!
— 🌊 Trace Aiken (@traceimages) February 8, 2019
We’ll see you all at the record store on Bleecker Street.