*Monday’s (Feb. 3) episode of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” finds a man in Detroit who brought in a 1964 passport belonging to Marvin Gaye.
“It came to me by pure accident, actually,” says the guest seeking an appraisal for the item. “For years, I worked for the Motown Museum here in Detroit, started when I was 18 years old. I was a Motown collector– anything Motown, I loved. And after a Motown musician had passed, we had gone to their house to pick up some items that the family wanted to donate to the museum, and they had said, ‘Is there anything else you wanted? Because otherwise, it’s going to be in the estate sale this weekend.’”
There were a number of albums and records the family offered the man, but he turned them down because the museum already had so many. However, the Motown collector in him couldn’t resist a good bargain.
Anna Gordy Gaye and Berry Gordy
Earlier today (01-31-14), it was announced that Anna Gordy Gaye, former wife of Marvin Gaye and sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, passed away at the age of 92.
The official statement on her death from Mr. Gordy was forwarded to us by Ron Brewington, VP/Motown Alumni Association (MAA):
*The war may still linger, but Robin Thicke can claim victory in a copyright lawsuit involving the his mega-hit “Blurred Lines.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the copyright lawsuit was concluded via a settlement among some of the respective parties involved .
The case created domino effect of sorts when Thicke initially brought in litigation experts ad sought declaratory relief that “Blurred Lines wasn’t an improper version of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”
*Two of Marvin Gaye’s children have filed a countersuit to Robin Thicke’s claim that “Blurred Lines” is not a rip-off of their father’s classic single “Got to Give it Up.”
According to TMZ, the countersuit accuses Robin of changing his opinion about the origin of the song.
In documents filed today (Oct. 30) Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye point to Robin’s interviews with Billboard and GQ, where he admitted Marvin’s “Got to Give It Up” was one of his favorite songs of all time, and he wanted to “make something like that, something with that groove.”
Nona and Frankie’s suit is a response to Thicke’s filed in August, in which he sought to preemptively get a court to rule that “Blurred Lines” was not a copyright violation.
The Gaye kids also cite the below clip TMZ shot with Thicke after his lawsuit, where he denied thinking of Marvin Gaye when he wrote “Blurred Lines.”
*Marvin Gaye III is suffering from kidney failure and is seeking a donated organ for transplant.
The son of late singer Marvin Gaye announced earlier this week that he’s been receiving dialysis for renal failure for three years and he’s having trouble finding a suitable match for a transplant.
He said he is going public with his condition to help draw attention to the challenges blacks and Hispanics face in finding healthy organ donors. He also says he plans to donate some proceeds from his forthcoming album to a kidney research organization.
Marvin Gaye’s estate is engaged in a legal battle over Robin Thicke’s summer smash, “Blurred Lines.”
*The development of a film about the life of the late Marvin Gaye has always been a thorny issue for the Gaye family.
And as far as Gaye’s ex-wife Janis is concerned, it an especially contentious matter. She’s been trying to develop her own version of a Marvin Gaye film for years also.
Well, despite the foregoing, the biopic, “Sexual Healing,” starring Jesse L. Martin, is in production and a first-look trailer surfaced online yesterday. One can only wonder what the Gaye family’s reaction to it is.
Directed by Julien Temple and also starring S. Epatha Merkerson (as Marvin Gaye’s mother, Alberta Cooper Gay), the film chronicles Gaye’s life during the 1980s prior to his untimely demise.
Look for the highly-anticipated biopic’s release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the icon’s death on April 1, 2014.
Check out a sneak peek of “Sexual Healing” in the clip below.