April 2, 2014


Beyond "Grapevine": The Best Marvin Gaye Songs You've Never Heard

Charlie Gillett Collection
Charlie Gillett Collection

On this day in 1939, Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. (the "E" was added later) was born in Washington D.C. And while the greatest soul singer to ever do it (fact) was killed by his father one day shy of his 45th birthday, he left behind a massive trove of songs ranging from Sinatra-influenced croon-pop to bedroom soul to incendiary, politically charged funk.

You know all the big songs already. It's time to go deeper. Listen to our playlist below for our favorite Marvin Gaye deep cuts, from his collaboration with sex-obsessed funk singer Rick James to a capella versions of classic songs.