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By Rashod D. Ollison | April 1, 2004
Folks in the projects where I grew up thought it was all a cruel joke. I remember catching pieces of the conversations. Did you hear about Marvin Gaye? Hear what? He's dead. His daddy shot him. What? Shut up. It was on the news. No, it wasn't. Yeah, it was. Marvin Gaye is dead. It's still hard to believe. Twenty years ago today, Marvin Gay Sr. (his son later added the "e" to the family name) stood in the doorway of the singer's bedroom, pointed a .38-caliber revolver at Marvin Jr. and pulled the trigger.
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By Wesley Case | September 7, 2011
Big Sean, who will perform at Virgin Mobile FreeFest's Festival Stage at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, just dropped his video for "Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay   . " It's a party track from Sean's debut Finally Famous , featuring hookman-for-hire Roscoe Dash and Sean's mentor, Kanye West (who supplies some of his weakest bars in a long time). The Crayola-inspired video was directed by Hype Williams, the veteran director who has struggled creatively ever since the days of big-budget videos evaporated.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | October 23, 2006
WASHINGTON-- --You can still hear his buttery voice from Georgia Avenue to Georgetown, oozing from car stereos, as his loyal Washington-area fans lean back, close their eyes and holler, "Ohhhhhhh!" at the first chords of "Let's Get It On." Folks who grew up here in the 1950s still remember how he crooned with other doo-wop groups under street lights at nightfall, and how word got around about the teen from the Northeast projects who could draw hundreds of listeners. But where is the late Marvin Gaye's legacy among D.C.'s monuments, memorials and landmarks?
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 8, 2007
Since we got to be here, let's live. - Marvin Gaye If I am ever diagnosed with cancer, I already know what I'm going to do: laugh my fool head off. I will ensconce myself in front of the big screen with a stack of DVDs - the "Vitameatavegamin" episode of I Love Lucy will be at the top, but Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Bob Newhart will also be in there, along with Frasier, Albert Brooks, Borat, The Daily Show - anything that has ever made me giggle will...
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October 29, 1998
Marvin P. Gay Sr.,84, who fatally shot his Grammy Award-winning son, Marvin Gaye, during an argument, died Oct. 17 in Los Angeles. Mr. Gay shot his son April 1, 1984.Pub Date: 10/29/98
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By STEVE MCKERROW and STEVE MCKERROW,SUN STAFF | October 19, 1995
Phew! Check out the current social ills on display in tonight's series lineup, including sexual harassment (ABC's "Schoolbreak Special"), mercy killing ("Murder, She Wrote"), baby-selling ("New York Undercover") and the Ebola virus in a hospital ("New York News"). No wonder they're singing Marvin Gaye's urban blues on MTV!* "Schoolbreak Special: Boys Will Be Boys" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Joan Van Ark ("Knot's Landing") and Ami Dolenz star in this repeat drama about sexual harassment.
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October 23, 2006
MARYLAND Concern over plan for condos Though hundreds of residents of Federal Hill are alarmed by plans to build modern-looking condominiums in the neighborhood, there might not be much they can do to stop it. More than 200 have signed a petition opposing plans to replace two storefronts with the five-story project. pg 1B Campaign of cheers, checks Baltimore's Bethel AME Church showered Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. with ovations and donations yesterday while Mayor Martin O'Malley was at B'nai Israel Congregation.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Staff | August 28, 2003
The name Leon Ware probably doesn't ring any bells right away. But you've heard his music before, have probably been pulled under by its heated sensuality. Few know that Marvin Gaye's 1976 bedroom classic I Want You (the bulk of it, anyway) was actually Leon's album before Marvin recorded it and made it a smash. Universal Records has just reissued a two-disc deluxe edition of that album and Musical Massage, Leon's overlooked funk-and-candlelight masterwork from '76. A songwriter at Motown, Leon had written hits for such label artists as the Miracles and Michael Jackson.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | November 1, 1992
"Singles are the essence of rock and roll," writes Dave Mars in the introduction to his book, "The Heart of Rock & Soul." As he rightly points out, singles are "the stuff of our everyday conversations and debates about music, the totems that trigger our memories." And anyone who has ever been riveted by a song on the radio, or transported by unexpectedly hearing a favorite ,, oldie knows exactly what he means.As such, it would be hard to imagine a better synopsis of the Motown era than the one provided by "Hitsville U.S.A."
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By WILEY A. HALL | May 18, 1995
In "You're All I Need To Get By," one of the top rhythm and blues singles of the 1960s, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell pledged that they would love each other forever and ever and ever.Maybe that sentiment is too sappy for today's youth. But I prefer Marvin and Tammi's syrup to the vulgar lyrics of an updated version by Method Man and M.J. Bilge.Their song, "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" was the top rap single in the nation last week, and No. 3 on the R&B charts, according to Billboard magazine.
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October 23, 2006
MARYLAND Concern over plan for condos Though hundreds of residents of Federal Hill are alarmed by plans to build modern-looking condominiums in the neighborhood, there might not be much they can do to stop it. More than 200 have signed a petition opposing plans to replace two storefronts with the five-story project. pg 1B Campaign of cheers, checks Baltimore's Bethel AME Church showered Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. with ovations and donations yesterday while Mayor Martin O'Malley was at B'nai Israel Congregation.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | October 23, 2006
WASHINGTON-- --You can still hear his buttery voice from Georgia Avenue to Georgetown, oozing from car stereos, as his loyal Washington-area fans lean back, close their eyes and holler, "Ohhhhhhh!" at the first chords of "Let's Get It On." Folks who grew up here in the 1950s still remember how he crooned with other doo-wop groups under street lights at nightfall, and how word got around about the teen from the Northeast projects who could draw hundreds of listeners. But where is the late Marvin Gaye's legacy among D.C.'s monuments, memorials and landmarks?
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 5, 2004
He doesn't need you to tell him. Usher already knows he's a superstar, an "ultimate entertainer." Grammys, multi-platinum albums, fans all over the world, a net worth estimated at $35 million - at 25, the Tennessee-born singer is sitting on top of pop right now. Calling from Miami, Usher says, "As a stage performer, I feel like I'm at the top of my game. More than just a microphone and a light, there's a whole production. ... I don't think I'll ever stop being an ultimate entertainer."
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By Rashod D. Ollison | April 1, 2004
Folks in the projects where I grew up thought it was all a cruel joke. I remember catching pieces of the conversations. Did you hear about Marvin Gaye? Hear what? He's dead. His daddy shot him. What? Shut up. It was on the news. No, it wasn't. Yeah, it was. Marvin Gaye is dead. It's still hard to believe. Twenty years ago today, Marvin Gay Sr. (his son later added the "e" to the family name) stood in the doorway of the singer's bedroom, pointed a .38-caliber revolver at Marvin Jr. and pulled the trigger.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Staff | August 28, 2003
The name Leon Ware probably doesn't ring any bells right away. But you've heard his music before, have probably been pulled under by its heated sensuality. Few know that Marvin Gaye's 1976 bedroom classic I Want You (the bulk of it, anyway) was actually Leon's album before Marvin recorded it and made it a smash. Universal Records has just reissued a two-disc deluxe edition of that album and Musical Massage, Leon's overlooked funk-and-candlelight masterwork from '76. A songwriter at Motown, Leon had written hits for such label artists as the Miracles and Michael Jackson.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | July 31, 2003
He'd rather play, OK? Instead of talking over the phone about his musicianship, Dwele (that's dwell-lay) would rather let you feel it in a mellow riff on his keyboard or in a liquid run on his bass. He's calling from Detroit, the city that nurtured the artists he admires the most: Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. It's also Dwele's hometown, where he recorded Subject, his moody, critically lauded album released in May. He's shy, you see. And I have to ask him several times to speak up. "What I was saying is that I've been doing this most of my life," says the 25-year-old singer-musician.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 5, 2004
He doesn't need you to tell him. Usher already knows he's a superstar, an "ultimate entertainer." Grammys, multi-platinum albums, fans all over the world, a net worth estimated at $35 million - at 25, the Tennessee-born singer is sitting on top of pop right now. Calling from Miami, Usher says, "As a stage performer, I feel like I'm at the top of my game. More than just a microphone and a light, there's a whole production. ... I don't think I'll ever stop being an ultimate entertainer."
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By Rashod D. Ollison | July 31, 2003
He'd rather play, OK? Instead of talking over the phone about his musicianship, Dwele (that's dwell-lay) would rather let you feel it in a mellow riff on his keyboard or in a liquid run on his bass. He's calling from Detroit, the city that nurtured the artists he admires the most: Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. It's also Dwele's hometown, where he recorded Subject, his moody, critically lauded album released in May. He's shy, you see. And I have to ask him several times to speak up. "What I was saying is that I've been doing this most of my life," says the 25-year-old singer-musician.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Staff | July 3, 2003
This is a blues story, y'all. And it's about a blues man, who lost his way in the world, found the Lord and his voice again. It's a story we have all heard and felt before -- an artist who was robbed and left to the wind while his music aged like a fine wine. Howard Tate's journey is an American tale. Until last month, I had only heard the name, not the music. But when I played his new CD -- Rediscovered, which hit stores on Tuesday -- I felt like I had known this mild-mannered gent for years.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | November 27, 2002
SUN SCORE ***1/2 The Funk Brothers are among the most successful musicians of all time. They've played together on more hits than the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley combined. And practically no one knows who they are. Standing in the Shadows of Motown is an attempt to change that, to give a group of musicians now in the twilight of their lives - the guys who invented and wove together the sound of such rock and roll classics as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "For Once in My Life," "My Girl" and "Dancing in the Streets" - a taste of the spotlight they've so long deserved.
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