Tag: Marvin Gaye

Album Cover of the Week: Martha and the Vandellas, Heat Wave

Album Cover of the Week: Martha and the Vandellas, Heat Wave

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Christmas is over, and we're almost into that part of winter where you think it's never going to end and you're already tired of it being dark by 5pm. So let's turn up the heat with this slice of vintage R&B -- from 1963, it's Heat Wave from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, first released on the Gordy Records division of Motown. This is the biggest image scan I could find, although it's not of the original album. That can be identified by the Gordy label that should be on the lower left. Design-wise, Heat Wave is pretty uncomplicated but it's very appealing all the same. The white dresses (and gloves!) of the ladies strike a brilliant contrast with the flames. Design and photography credit go to Bernard Yeszin, who worked a number of other Motown album covers in the early '60...
“Hope I die before I get old” — Do famous musicians really die young?

“Hope I die before I get old” — Do famous musicians really die young?

Featured Posts, Music, People
With her tragic and untimely death, Amy Winehouse became the latest member of a grim group -- the so-called Club 27, whose only entrance requirement is to be a famous musician and to die at age 27. The club also includes legends such as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain. This got me to thinking -- is it really true that the brightest stars burn out the earliest? Or does it just seem that way because of our fascination with stars who die young? Curious, I decided to conduct a little research so I compiled a list of famous and influential dead musicians. Of course that list could be limitless, depending on your standards for fame and influence. I ultimately opted to use Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, first published in 2004/05 and...
Something about the duality of man

Something about the duality of man

Music
And here we have a pair of videos that show both the peak and valley of man's creative energies.  Or something like that.  Up first is a translated version of a freestyle rap battle between a pair of erudite young fellows named "Boost" and "Hydrogen" gone horribly wrong - although you could argue that it was horribly wrong to begin with... Rap Battle Gone Bad Translated - Watch more free videos I was originally just going to post this, but I feel I have to help restore balance to the universe so here's the legendary Marvin Gaye performing his 1968 hit "I Heard It Through the Grapevine".  The twist here is that someone isolated his studio vocal track and dubbed it into a TV performance with the broadcast audio removed.  Listen closely and you'll hear the effortless work of a musical