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On August 5, 2022.

On August 5, 2022, Michael Anthony Lang died aged 80. He was musician (piano, keyboards, organ, synthesizer) and composer, recorded more than 2500 film scores, and worked with some of the biggest names of modern music such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Vince Gill, Milt Jackson, Lee Konitz, Diana Krall, Arturo Sandoval, Josh Groban, Frank Zappa, Lee Ritenour, Oliver Nelson, Bud Shank, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Solomon Burke, Tom Waits, Peggy Lee, Vanessa Williams, Jose Feliciano, Bette Midler, Russell Watson, Michael Bolton, Don Ellis, Robbie Williams, Paul Anka, Sarah Vaughan, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Dusty Springfield, Melissa Manchester, Neil Diamond, Shelly Manne and Stan Kenton.  

On May 23, 1966.

On May 23, 1966, “Tamla” label released “Moods of Marvin Gaye”, the seventh Marvin Gaye studio album. It was recorded 1965 – 1966, at “Hitsville” in Detroit, US, and was produced by Smokey Robinson, Brian Holland, Clarence Paul and Lamont Dozier.


  • Marvin Gaye – lead vocals
  • Marv Tarplin – guitar
  • The Funk Brothers – instrumentation
  • The Andantes – backing vocals
  • The Miracles – backing vocals
  • The Spinners – backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. I’ll Be Doggone – Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarpin
  2. Little Darling (I Need You) – Holland – Dozier – Holland
  3. Take This Heart of Mine – Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin
  4. Hey Diddle Diddle – Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fugua, Marvin Gaye
  5. One More Heartache – Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marvin Tarplin, Ronald White
  6. Ain’t That Peculiar – Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marvin Tarplin
  7. Night Life – Walt Breeland, Paul Buskrik, Willie Nelson
  8. You’ve Been a Long Time Coming – Holland – Dozier – Holland
  9. Your Unchanging Love – Holland – Dozier – Holland
  10. You’re the One for Me – Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Stevie Wonder
  11. I Worry ‘Bout You – Norman Mapp
  12. One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) – Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer

On October 24, 2018.

On October 24, 2018, Melvin M. Ragin aka Wah Wah Watson died aged 67. He was musician (guitar), famous for his unique skills with wah-wah pedal. He was member of The Funk Brothers, the studio band for “Motown Records”, recorded and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, John Lee Hooker, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Vanessa Williams, Thelma Houston, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Michael Jackson, Maxwell, The Beach Boys, George Benson, Bobbi Humphrey, Janet Jackson, Yung Berg, Blondie, Norman Whitfield, The Undisputed Truth, Donald Byrd, Labelle, Love Unlimited, Cher, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gloria Gaynor, The Temptations (his guitar work on “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”), Pointer Sisters, Martha Reeves, Rose Royce, Bob Scaggs and Herbie Hancock. As leader, Wah Wah Watson released one solo album (Elementary, 1976).

On March 14, 2000.

On March 14, 2000, “Slow River Records” label released “Home”, the second Josh Rouse studio album. It was recorded in 1999, at “True Tone Studio” in Nashville, “Alex the Great” in Berry Hill, Tennessee, and was produced by Brad Jones, David Henry and Josh Rouse.


  • Josh Rouse – vocals, guitar
  • David Henry – bass, cello, engineer
  • Brad Jones – piano, bass, chamberlain, marimba, additional engineering
  • Steve Allen – organ
  • John Deaderick – electric piano
  • Will Kimbrough – guitar
  • Jason Moon Wilkins – bass
  • David Gehrke – drums
  • Dennis Cronin – flugelhorn
  • Roy Agee – trombone
  • Dennis Cronin – trumpet
  • Paul Burch – vibraphone
  • Ned Henry – violin
  • Sharon Gilchrist – backing vocals
  • Tommy Dorsey – mastering
  • Matt Boyd, Scotty Peek – artwork, photography
  • Adam Larson – layout
  • George Howard – executive producer

Track listing:

All tracks by Josh Rouse.

  1. Laughter
  2. Marvin Gaye
  3. Directions
  4. Parts and Accessories
  5. 100m Backstroke
  6. Hey Porcupine
  7. In Between
  8. And Around
  9. Afraid to Fail

On December 15, 1978.

On December 15, 1978, “Motown” label released “Here, My Dear”, the fifteenth Marvin Gaye studio album. It was recorded March 1977 – July 1978, at Marvins’s room in Los Angeles, and was produced by Marvin Gaye.


  • Marvin Gaye – vocals, piano, Rhodes, Roland bass, synth, horns; tape box percussion
  • Charles Owens – tenor saxophone
  • Wali Ali – guitar
  • Gordon Banks – guitar
  • Spencer Bean – guitar
  • Cal Green – guitar
  • Mike McGloiry – guitar
  • Frank Blair – bass
  • Eric Ward – bass
  • Bugsy Wilcox – drums
  • Melvin Webb – drums, congas, cowbell
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown – congas, bongos
  • Elmira Collins – percussion
  • Jack Ashford – percussion
  • Gary Jones – congas
  • Ernie Fields, Jr. – alto saxophone
  • Fernando Harkless – tenor saxophone
  • Nolan Andrew Smith – trumpet
  • Daniel LeMelle – saxophone
  • David Stewart – handclaps
  • Richard “Do Dirty” Bethune – handclaps
  • Art Stewart – handclaps, engineer, mixer
  • Fred Ross – engineer
  • Tony Houston – engineer
  • Bill Ravencraft – engineer
  • Odell Brown – RMI
  • David Ritz – liner notes
  • Michael Bryant – illustrations

Track listing:

All tracks by Marvin Gaye, except where noted.

  1. Here, My Dear
  2. I Met a Little Girl
  3. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
  4. Anger – Delta Ashby, Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend
  5. Is That Enough
  6. Everybody Needs Love – Ed Townsend, Marvin Gaye
  7. Time to Get It Together
  8. Sparrow – Ed Townsend, Marvin Gaye
  9. Anna’s Song
  10. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
  11. A Funky Space Reincarnation
  12. You Can Leave, but It’s Going to Cost You
  13. Falling in Love Again
  14. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (reprise)

On November 12, 1964.

On November 12, 1964, “Tamla” label released “Hello Broadway”, the fourth Marvin Gaye studio album. It was recorded in 1964, at “Graystone Ballroom” in Detroit, and was produced by Hal Davis and Marc Gordon.


  • Marvin Gaye – vocals
  • Jerry Long – arranger

Track listing:

  1. Hello Broadway – Ronald Miller, William O’Malley
  2. People – Bob Merrill, Jule Styne
  3. The Party’s Over – Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne
  4. On the Street Where You Live – Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
  5. What Kind of Fool Am I? – Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
  6. My Kind of Town – Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
  7. Days of Wine and Roses – Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
  8. This Is the Life – Charles Strouse, Lee Adams
  9. My Way – Richard Jacques, Ronald Miller
  10. Hello Dolly! – Jerry Herman
  11. Walk on the Wild Side – Mack David, Elmer Bernstein

On October 30, 2004.

On October 30, 2004, Andrew Alexander “Mike” Terry died aged 68. He was songwriter, musician (baritone saxophone), producer, and musical director. He was member of the bands Popcorn and the Mohawks, Joe Hunter Band, and The Funk Brothers. From 1960 – 1967, with The Funk Brothers he performed on thousands of “Motown” recordings. Terry worked with Martha and the Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Kim Weston, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, J. J. Barnes, Rose Batiste, The Capitols, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Robinson, Sandra Phillips, The Little Foxes, Junior Walker & the All Stars, Clarence Carter, The Dells, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Maxine Brown, The Parliaments, and Edwin Starr.

On October 21, 2002.

On October 21, 2002, “ECM” label released “Lift Every Voice”, the 33rd Charles Lloyd album. It was recorded in February 2002, and was produced by Charles Lloyd, and Dorothy Darr.


  • Charles Lloyd – tenor saxophone, flute, tarogato
  • Geri Allen – piano
  • John Abercrombie – guitar
  • Marc Johnson – double bass
  • Larry Grenadier – double bass
  • Billy Hart – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Charles Lloyd, except where noted.

  1. Hymn to the Mother
  2. You Are So Beautiful – Bruce Fisher, Billy Preston
  3. Amazing Grace – John Newton
  4. East Virginia, West Memphis
  5. What’s Going On – Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye
  6. Angel Oak
  7. Te Amaré – Silvio Rodríguez
  8. I’m Afraid – Duke Ellington
  9. Hafez, Shattered Heart
  10. Rabo de Nube – Silvio Rodríguez
  11. Blood Count – Billy Strayhorn
  12. Go Down Moses – traditional
  13. Beyond Darkness
  14. Nocturne
  15. Wayfaring Stranger – traditional
  16. Deep River – traditional
  17. Lift Every Voice and Sing – James Weldon Johnson, John Rosamond Johnson
  18. Prayer, The Crossing

On October 7, 2019.

On October 7, 2019, Malcolm “Molly” Duncan died aged 74. He was a musician (saxophone), recorded and performed with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty, Buddy Guy, Ben E. King, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Chaka Khan, and Eric Clapton, but was best known as a founding member of Average White Band.

On September 17, 1991.

On September 17, 1991, “Warner Bros” label released the self-titled, debut Fourplay album. It was recorded 1990 – 1991, at “Ocean Way Recording”, “Sunset Sound” in Hollywood, “Pyramid Studios” in Los Angeles, “Starlight Studios” in Malibu, California, and was produced by Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason.


  • Bob James– Yamaha C7 MIDI grand piano, keyboards, synthesizers, programming, executive producer
  • Lee Ritenour– electric guitars, classical guitars, guitar synthesizer
  • Nathan East– 5-string bass, 6-string bass, backing vocals
  • Harvey Mason– drums
  • Harvey Mason Jr.– synthesizer programming, computer programming
  • El DeBarge– lead and backing vocals
  • Darryl DeBarge – backing vocals
  • Patti LaBelle– backing vocals, BGV arrangements
  • Philip Bailey– backing vocals
  • Don Murray – recording, mixing
  • Geoff Gillette – additional recording
  • Khaliq Glover – additional recording
  • Femi Jiya – additional recording
  • Mike Kloster – assistant engineer
  • Paul May – assistant engineer
  • Clif Norrell– assistant engineer
  • Harvey Mason Jr. – technical assistance
  • Robert Vosgien – digital editing
  • Wally Traugott – mastering
  • Debra Johnson – production coordinator
  • Kim Champagne – art direction
  • Leslie Wintner – design
  • Stuart Watson – photography
  • O’Brien and Schridde – band photography

Track listing:

  1. Bali Run – Lee Ritenour, Bob James
  2. 101 Eastbound – Nathan East, Marcel East
  3. Fourplay – Lee Ritenour
  4. Moonjogger – Bob James
  5. Max-O-Man – Harvey Mason Sr, Michael Lang
  6. After the Dance – Marvin Gaye, T-Boy Ross, Leon Ware
  7. Quadrille – Bob James
  8. Midnight Stroll – Harvey Mason
  9. October Morning – Lee Ritenour
  10. Wish You Were Here – Lee Ritenour
  11. Rain Forest – Bob James