The early jazz ambitions of the great, Marvin Gaye are on display for this week’s Top Tune which was featured on Marvin Gaye’s 1961 debut album, The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye. This collection also marked the second long-playing album ever released by Motown. Marvin, a great admirer of early rock n roll, jazz and bee-bop, wanted to follow in the footsteps of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles and include “adult” material on his album which was in contrast with the teen-oriented R&B singles that Motown had been releasing to that point.
The jazz and pop standard “Witchcraft” which was penned by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, fit the bill perfectly. Gaye played drums and piano on this fascinating album which also included songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Rodgers & Hart. Berry Gordy produced the sessions and also wrote a stunner ballad for the lp called “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide”. Marvin’s girlfriend and wife-to-be, Anna Gordy (Berry’s sister) co-wrote the rocker “Never Let You Go”.
So, here it is. The swinging beginning of a 20-year run on Tamla/Motown by one of the greatest singers of all-time!
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