Thursday Throwback – Marvin Gaye

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It’s been almost forty years since the release of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” but even today the song still strikes a chord with old school and new school fans alike.  Whether it’s played at a party or on the radio, when we hear those first notes from the wah-wah guitar, even the slightest of music fans are tempted to dance or sing along.  Hard to believe that when co-writer Ed Townsend originally penned the song, it had a religious theme, but the final collaboration between Townsend and Gaye resulted in a song filled with steamy, sexy soul. (The title alone was enough to raise a few eyebrows back in 1973).  In the end, “Let’s Get It On” not only solidified Gaye’s status as a 1970s sex symbol, but it also became one of his biggest hits, remaining at number one for two weeks on the Billboard Pop chart and eight weeks on the Soul Singles chart.  In addition to being used in films, television shows and commercials, the song has been included on countless “best of” lists, including Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and Billboard magazine’s list of Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs.

–Montrose Cunningham

Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughter; sometimes both at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at and on visit him online at Facebook.

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