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It’s was thirty years ago today that the iconic Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father, Marvin Sr., the night before his 45th birthday. His career began in the late 1950’s and spanned until his untimely death in 1984. His hits have included many popular tunes such as “Stubborn Kind Of Fellow, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine, “How Sweet It Is” during his early years at Motown. But during the 1970’s the subject matter of Marvin’s work became more poignant and socially conscious as in “Inner City Blues”, “Mercy Mercy Me”, and of course, “What’s Going On.”  I can’t help but wonder what kind of music he would have given the world if had been with us for the last thirty years.

His sister Zeola “Zee” Gaye was but a teenager when “What’s Going On” was released and she shares her thoughts on her brother’s most important song in this article via Yahoo Music.

In 2013, Zeola produced a play called “My Brother Marvin” starring Clifton Powell (Norbit, Menace To Society), singer Keith Washington as Marvin, and Lynn Whitfield.