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Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids: Marvin Gaye, Part 3 #4M + #BoTB

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Attention BoTBers, today’s battle song feature’s Gayle’s hit song, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” near the end of the post. Feel free to skip to the bottom or read about him in my newest edition of Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids series.

In Part 1, I showcased 50s teen-idol Ricky Nelson & Sons, and last month I featured Mr. Cool Dean Martin. Today, I’m bringing the flavor of R&B your way with the late Prince of Soul, Marvin Gayle.

I only knew Mr. Gayle as a singer but he got his start as an in-house session drummer who was instrumental in shaping the Motown sound of the early 60s first and then later producing, writing, and singing his own mewsic leading to a number of successful hit songs.

Two of his earlier best-selling songs and favorites of mine are “How Sweet It Is (To Be Love By You)” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”.

Brian and Eddie Holland (brothers) and Lamont Dozier wrote the first of these songs. This songwriting team helped to shape that Motown sound we love with their lyrics, arrangements, and productions. Here’s Marvin’s 1964  #4 Billboard Hot 100 tune.

 

Gaye’s next hit single is actually a cover (The Miracles). Both releasing this song on their albums in 1968 but it was Gaye who shot straight to the top of and stayed for seven weeks on the Billboard Pop Singles.

 

Every time I hear this song, I think of the California Raisins commercials from the mid-80s.

 

 

Marvin married twice. In 1963, he married Anna Gordy. Three years later, they adopted Anna’s niece’s (Denise) son, Marvin III born November 16, 1966. The couple worked together on a few of Marvin’s songs (The Originals and several tracks from What’s Going On) together and Anna was his inspiration for his lyrics. He said this about her [Anna]. “I was head over heels in love with Anna. I just wrote what I felt about her, and what she did for me.” The sad truth was their marriage was volatile with accounts of physical violence on both sides and infidelity accusations. They permanently separated in 1972 and three years later Anna filed for divorce.

Marvin Jr. describes himself as a gifted recording artist, producer, and businessman.

 

I couldn’t find a lot out about Marvin Jr. I know that he’s married after watching some interview vids on YouTube but it’s his Facebook Fan page “About” section I learned he was diagnosed with Diabetes a few years ago and is now waiting for a Kidney transplant. My prayers are with you and yours.

In late 1977 after his divorce finalized Marvin married second wife, Janis Hunter. They had two children, Nona (September 4, 1974) and Frankie Christian (November 16, 1975). Their family started before marriage and two years after unifying as husband and wife, the couple separated and eventually divorced in 1981.

 

Nona Gaye is best known as an actress in her role as Zee in the last two Matrix movies (Reloaded & Revolution).  We saw the first Matrix film years ago and as wildly popular this series was we weren’t impressed.  In all fairness we’re now giving these movies a second chance. Anywho, in 1992 Nona recorded her first album Love For The Future a month after her 18th birthday which produced two top 20 hits.

 

FYI…I noticed in the iTunes store “I’m Overjoyed” for $0.69 cents. That’s a super price!

 

 

The year after her début album, People Magazine listed Nona as one the 50 Most Beautiful People which landed her a contract with the Ford Agency becoming a new face for the prestigious Armani fashion line.

Miss Gaye collaborated and dated with the late artist Prince for three years. The mewsical duet produced the single, Love Sign, from Prince’s album 1-800-NEW-FUNK.

 

It’s funny, DH and I were talking about Prince recently. Both of commenting how there isn’t any of his songs that we can say that we really like but I like this track.

Included in this Prince’s NPG Records compliation Nona produced a solo,  A Woman’s Gotta Have It, from this album.

Gaye did backup vocals for We March from Prince’s 1995 The Gold Experience album and in the title track of his 1996 Girl 6 album.  She’s stated candidly during this period of having a long-term drug problem but was able to quit the habit in 1996.

In 2001 to raise money for AIDS research, Nona and an all-star ensemble performed her dad’s song, What’s Going On.

 

I wanted to find a video of father and daughter singing. Wikipedia mentioned that an 8-year Nona introduced her dad on Soul Train but I couldn’t find a clip to share but I did find in 2004, Nona was asked to perform the National Anthem for the NBA Allstar Games in which she did a duet with her late father.

 

Her biggest career move came when she replaced Aaliyah as Zee, after being killed in a plane accident, forwas cast as the character Zee in the 2003 Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolution films. Prior to this, her had limited acting roles included “Harlem Nights’ (1989) as a patrone and played Belinda Ali in the 2001 film “Ali”.  Between 2004 – 2009 her film credits are, “Crash” as Karen, “The Polar Express” voice of Hero Girl, “XXX: State of the Union” as Lola Jackson, “The Gospel” as Charlene Taylor Frank, and “Blood and Bone” as Tamara.  The last recording by Nona is an EP Language of Love with Quarter to Three and Midas Lover done in 2008. Unfortunately, I could not find either on YouTube.

Nona is a beautiful person with a beautiful talent for singing and acting. I hope to see or hear more from Marvin’s daughter in the future.

 

Marvin’s youngest son Frankie Christian required a bit more sluething. I discovered in my Internet research that he goes by “Christian Scott”. But I’m beginning to think that was a trip down a rabbit hole. Things just didn’t add up. Feel free to let me know what you think or if you have intel on Frankie then please share with us in comments.

I think I only vaguely recall the death of Marvin Gaye. On April 1, 1984 the singer’s father, Marvin Gaye, Sr. shot and killed him to death in his bedroom.  He was hit once in the heart and second shot at closer range in the shoulder. It’s reported Marvin intervened in a fight between his parents before the shooting.  Initially, charged with first-degree murder Gaye, Sr. charges reduced to voluntary manslaughter after a brain tumor diagnoses.  The autopsy showed Marvin had drugs in his system at the time of his death. Was Marvin out-of-control because of the drugs? Did the elder Marvin’s illness triggered fear for his life or that of his wife even though they were fighting? I don’t know, I can only speculate and say that all of this could be a factor. The outcome, Gaye, Sr got a suspended six-year sentence and probation. He passed in 1998 while in a nursing home

Marvin’s kids sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for ripping “Got To Give It Up” in the smash hit “Blurred Lines” which finally got settled in 2015 resulting in Thicke & Williams paying $7.3M in retribution.

 

Honestly, there is a lot this sorta thing that happens intentional and not in the mewsic industry. Thicke’s supposed comment on creating a song to reminence Gaye’s song strongly sounds like copyright infringement. What bothers me is if that was their intent, why not clear it legally before the bomb goes off?  I reckon his judgement was impaired. What’s your opinion?

I hope you enjoyed this installement of Famous Musicians and Their Musical Kids. This is Curious as a Cathy sigining off with a few of my favorite Marvin Gaye songs!


Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs!  It’s fabulous to see you! Are you ready to groove to some mewsic?  Our theme this week is “Your Choice”. We’re not finicky if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to boogie with you and we invite you step on the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me!

This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you DO NOT link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!



 

 

I decided to tie in today’s mewsic tribute of Marvin Gayle and his classic hit, “I Heard It Through the Grapevines” (see above for reference) in my Battle of the Bands. I picked two unlikely names (to me) to cover this oldie and I’ll leave it to you to decide who wins the showdown.

 

 

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote, Fitzgerald or Milsap?

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.

 

To stay totally connected and in the loop of things on Curious as a Cathy, I hope you’ll join my email subscription service to get instant notification when I add new posts. Tell your friends to join us on the dance floor each week and I’ll see ya around the cyber-block. Keep those tunes playing and your body swaying!

What mewsic moves you today?

 

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Lucky Charms + #TuesdayTunesation with @JamesMorrisonOK

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Good morning, kittens & dawgs! Tuesday Tunesation featured mewsician is new-to-me.

James Morrison is an English singer/songwriter who rose to fame in 2006 with his début single, “You Give Me Something” (song number three on the above playlist) peaking at #5 in the UK and #1 in New Zealand. It became a hit in Europe, Australia, Japan, & Iran. I find his soulful, rock style is rather nice and easy to listen to while writing posts or reading others.


 

This month, I putting together multiple daily posts into one.  I don’t know if this will make life any easier while I work on my April A-Z posts but that’s my hopes.

I’m joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat this week and this morning’s prompt: Where are your Lucky Charms?  It’s St. Patrick’s Day this week, whether you are Irish or not, do you have any special totems or symbols of your culture?

Me Lucky Charms are in the cupboard, lassie. Where else would they be? 😉

 

I know you’re talking about cereal but I couldn’t resist being my usual silly self with this prompt.  When DD#1 began her junior year in our homeschool high school I knew I didn’t want to get our kids the typical class ring and that’s when I began thinking about our Irish culture.  That’s when I found this not-so-expensive Claddagh rings with our daughters in mind from Creative Irish Gifts.

We got DS one from the same site but either they no longer have it or I’m not remembering what it looked like.  He had a masculine style Claddaugh ring.

Many, many years ago when we use to get our annual Christmas bell from Helix Pewter & Copper just before they closed their business door for good DH got me small Claddaugh windchime.  I think it’s meant to be hung on a Christmas tree but I have hung by a cord from the ceiling.  It makes the slightest tinkling sound if I blow on the chimes.  What I’d like to get is a horseshoe to put on our door. While I am not superstitious, I do like the legion behind the hanging of the horseshoe of good fortune and is a sign that keeps Satan away, otherwise, I just think it’s a nice Irish decoration.  I bet I could find an old horseshoe at my in-laws’ place. I’m gonna have to look the next time we visit. 😉

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

I hope you’ll join me at midnight and link up with my mid-week meme not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Retro Motown style of Mayer Hawthorne #TuesdayTunesation

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Good morning Kittens and Dawgs! Starting now and until further notice, I’m gonna pulled together multiple daily posts into a single post. I am preparing for April’s A-Z Challenge right now and then next month I’ll be busy with the month long hop.  Anywho, I’m delighted you stopped in to listen to this morning’s featured artist.

Last week’s Ink Interrupted Coffee Chat got postponed. Les experienced a  blog shut issues. That prompt is today’s topic but mine went live last week after I learned of her problems and if you missed it then you can read my response, here.

This morning’s singer (new-to-me) is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, audio engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist. He sounds a bit like a one-man band, doesn’t he? 🙂

Crank up the volume and get ready to dance to this 65-song playlist of the new retro Motown style of Mayer Hawthorne!

 

 

 
 

What did you think of this morning’s mewsical guest?

 

That’s a wrap for now. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and I hope you’ll join me at midnight for a Double Feature post with not-so Wordless Wednesday & BoTB! 😉

Have a tunesational day!

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Barry White on #TuesdayTunesation!

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs!  You’ve made this Cathy happy with your visit.  For several months I wanted to spotlight today’s artist. Born Barry Eugene Carter September 12, 1944, this singer/songwriter, composer is a three-time Grammy Award recipient and well-known for his romantic baritone vocals.  I give you, Barry White!

White’s two biggest hits were You’re My First, My Last, My Everything (which I don’t remember) and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” (I do remember).

 

But, the song I remember him best from his 1973 #1 Billboard Pop Charts’ hit!

 

“Love’s Theme” appeared on his first album, Rhapsody in White, under Love Unlimited Orchestra.


I sorta lost touch with Barry White after the 70s but in the late 80s he released, The Man is Back, that produced three Top 40 singles on the Billboard R&B chart. “Super Lover” landed on #34,  “I Wanna Do It Good to Ya” hit #26, and “When Will I See You Again” took #32.

 

With the involvement in Quincy Jones production of The Secret Garden allowed White to ride a new wave of popularity after which he launched several albums returning him to spotlight in 1991 with Put Me in Your Mix at #8 on Billboard R&B Album chart and the song by the same name hit #2 on Billboard R&B Singles chart.

 

1994 was a good year for White with the release of Icon of Love that went to #1 on the Billboard R&B Album charts and from this album, the first song, “Practice What You Preach” hit #1 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart which was a first for him in 20 years.

 

White’s album was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B Album category. However, he lost to TLC’s CrazySexyCool.

In 1996, Barry White teamed up with Tina Turner to produce, “In Your Wildest Dreams”.

 

Staying Power (1999) was White’s last album which produced his final hit single with the song by the same name at #45 on the Billboard R&B Charts but it also landed him two Grammy Awards: The Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and The Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

 

Barry White was a big man. Unfortunately, his obesity contributed to problems with high blood pressure and diabetes.  In May 2003 while on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant, Barry had a massive stroke forcing him out of the limelight, then two months later on July 4th, White died.

Barry’s career was mega size on a worldwide level with 106 gold albums (41 of these reached platinum), 20 gold and 10 platinum singles and sales of more than 100M dollars. He’s regarded as an all-time world’s best-selling artist. His career inspiration comes from Motown greats – The Supremes, The Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye plus some southern influence from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and the King of Rockin’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

 

Thanks for making me a part of your morning and I hope you’ll share the mews of my new weekly meme with your lovelies with the below tweet or through other social media shares.

 

 

Want more romantic mewsic? Visit my Smoother Than Chocolate Love Mewsic post from yesterday and if you stick around a bit you can catch my random Valentine’s Day post on Cathy Chats! ?

Have a tunesational day!

 

 

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Sunny with a touch of soul #BoTB showdown

Normally, I do not post on Sunday Kittens & Dawgs but it’s mid-January and this means it’s time for another Battle of the Bands showdown.  Recently, Tom reminded me of an oldie I had forgotten but apparently I have an emotional attachment to.  Perhaps something good happened to me the first time I heard it or maybe I just like it because of the poetic lyrics.

Sunny
Thank you for the sunshine bouquet
Sunny
Thank you for the love you brought my way
You gave to me your all and all
And now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true, I love you

Whatever the reason, today, I’m featuring Bobby Hebb’s original Sunny with a touch of soul.

Sunny is one of the most performed and recorded songs with more than two hundred versions.  In August 1966, Sunny peaked the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #2.

Did you know Hebb wrote the lyrics to Sunny following two major tragedies? JFK’s assissination and the stabbing death of his older brother. According to Hebb,  he chose to have a sunny disposition over the lousy one he felt in the wake of the devastation over his brother’s death.  One that many of us can learn from and aspire toward when faced with loss, pain, or general problems.

Hebb has said about “Sunny”: “All my intentions were to think of happier times and pay tribute to my brother – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low. After I wrote it, I thought ‘Sunny’ just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in ‘Just Walkin’ in the Rain.'”

Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Contender #1 Stevie Wonder

 

Contender #2 Marva Whitney & James Brown


Which artist gets your vote, Stevie Wonder or Whitney & Brown?

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.  I’ll share the results of this battle in my January 23rd Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me post and if you like mewsic then I invite you to hit the dance floor with me tomorrow with the 4M crew.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off an instrumental take on this oldie classic for your enjoyment only. 😉

 


Until then have a songtastic day!

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