Post Office to be Named for the ‘Prince of Soul’
One of the most iconic voices from the early 60’s through the mid-80’s, as well as writer, producer and collaborator and Rock Hall of Fame member, as well as Grammy Lifetime Achievement honoree, Marvin Gaye will now have a Los Angeles post office re-named in his honor.
As a member of the now legendary Detroit based session musician group The Funk Brothers, Gaye was the drummer for the Marvelettes hit debut, “Please Mr. Postman,” which was the fledgling Motown label’s first number one hit, released in late 1961.
Over the next two plus decades Gaye spit out numerous solo hits such as "How Sweet It Is," "Ain't That Peculiar," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and his duet singles with such singers as Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, Gaye was dubbed "The Prince of Motown" and "The Prince of Soul."
He won his first two Grammy’s in 1983 for the hit “Sexual Healing,” including being recognized for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Only a year later, on the evening of April 1, 1984, after intervening in a physical altercation between his parents, Gaye was shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr., on the eve of his 45th birthday in the home they shared in the West Adams District.
"Marvin Gaye's music has transcended generations and gave the '70s and '80s a sound," said Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, who introduced HR 1496 to name the post office at 3585 S. Vermont Ave. the Marvin Gaye Post Office.
Gaye was elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
"His music was cathartic," biographer David Ritz said. "His songs were prayers, meditations, strategies for survival."