The album Let’s Get It On was released on August 28, 1973 by Motown subsidiary Tamla Records and was the thirteenth studio album from Marvin Gaye. This album is a groundbreaking work of soul music and a sex-positive declaration at a time when such statements were revolutionary. Gaye was raised by an abusive preacher father. He was later murdered. After his father’s death, the younger Gaye learned to play music in church. Although he tried to be a minister, his father’s death changed his course.
Although Gaye’s life lasted only 45 years, his music career lasted almost as long. It’s been estimated that half of his life was wasted on addiction, but his music touched the lives of countless people. Marvin Gaye live recordings give us a glimpse of his stature and importance. While his career may be over, his light will shine on through music listeners. It is impossible to put a price tag on the power of his music.