47. Marvin Gaye Part 3: 1976-1984 with his biographer David Ritz

Nobody stays on top forever, but the most interesting artists in music history have made the most admirably crazy kinds of noise on the way down. And what better example, really, than Marvin’s batshit-crazy 1978 double album divorce masterpiece “Here, My Dear.” Featuring special guest David Ritz, author of “Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye” and co-author of Marvin’s biggest hit “Sexual Healing,” in Marvin Gaye Part III we are treated to a staggering, almost Zapruder-like reconstruction of the very moments that wound up leading to the career comeback he was fortunate to experience before his untimely end. Not to be missed.

– Official playlist curated by Dave on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/57Whwams7VM3fOjkkEvzyz?si=e0b9483f3cc0429d
– “Distant Lover” Live in Amsterdam, 1976: https://youtu.be/AQSzgDOz7sg
– “Since I Had You” Live from the same Amsterdam gig: https://youtu.be/Fi7ZHcSZOKw
– July 7, 1980 Montreaux Jazz Festival “What’s Going On” throwdown: https://youtu.be/TpGPBoS5nTE
– A sad, soul-barer of a 1983 Marvin interview touching on depression and his suicide attempts: https://youtu.be/L63XR2hFgpg
– “Marvin Gaye: The Final 24” documentary about the man’s last day on the planet, featuring the requisite amount of British talking heads that grate, but also plenty of David Ritz, too: https://youtu.be/27UN_59f7H0

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