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Marvin Gaye

Singer Marvin Gaye possessed one of the most distinctive and seductive voices in American music. His story is told in "Marvin Gaye: Whats Going On", airing Jan. 18 on KUAT-TV. Mark McLemore talks with the filmmaker, Sam Pollard.

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Enormously talented and equally complicated, Gaye created an intimate style — full of honesty, integrity, vulnerability — and, essentially, gave the world his autobiography in lyrics and melody.

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“The Wonderful One,” “The Trouble Man,” “The Prince of Soul” — he was the Motown star who challenged and changed the face of black music, embodying its evolution from roots in gospel, jazz and rhythm and blues to sophisticated pop and sexually, politically charged soul. Extensive performance footage and insight from Mary Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Mos Def, among many others, capture the tone and texture of a career that still leaves an indelible mark on the musical landscape.

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Marvin Gaye at home

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