April 1 will mark 25 years since the passing of one of music’s greatest stars ever, Marvin Gaye. His songs have stood the test of time — What’s Going On, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Sexual Healing, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Let’s Get It On — and are anthems that are not only musically classic but deep and emotional as well. We have an article in this weekend’s magazine featuring some of today’s brightest stars sharing their favorite Marvin Gaye songs, including Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Brian McKnight and Joss Stone. Click read more for some extra celebrity thoughts from the likes of Akon and Randy Jackson, and then share your own favorite Marvin Gaye tunes and memories with us in the comments section below.
Kristian Bush, Sugarland: “Sexual Healing. When I was 16, music was all about inuendo — suggesting what we all really wanted to do, but not saying it. But Gaye just came right out and said what it was. It made us all flip out.”
Akon, R&B and "hip-pop" artist/producer (Freedom): “How can I pick? Whether it’s Got to Give it Up or Sexual Healing, he could make any song that was disco or funk so grown-up and sexy. He was a singer, a songwriter and a producer. He went from pop in the 1960s to 1970s soul to 1980s sexy classic and transformed his work seamlessly. All artists can learn from this man. I’m still learning now from him.”
Randy Jackson, American Idol: “What’s Going On. It talks about the tough times, from many years ago, but it’s still apropos.”