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Marvin Gaye artifacts, album, stamp coming as birthday nears

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Marvin Gaye is the subject of the Motown Museum's second Archive Dive, launching this weekend.

The new display, part of a yearlong celebration of the label's 60th anniversary, will launch with a Facebook video at 3 p.m. Friday, march 29, displaying the Gaye artifacts before they go on display at the Museum on Saturday, March 30.

The Dive comes in conjunction with a new United States Postal Service stamp coming April 2 to commemorate what would have been the late singer's 80th birthday. On Friday Motown will also release "You're the Man," an album of ballads Gaye recorded in 1972 that was shelved by Motown over creative differences.

Among the objects on display will be the original knit cap Gaye wore on the cover of his landmark "What's Going On" album, as well as a military style jacket and pants he sported during his "Midnight Love" album campaign -- which, ironically, was released by Columbia records.

In a statement, Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry noted that Gaye "played an integral role in shaping the Motown Sound, but aside from his legendary musical contributions he was also known for his iconic style. His look still influences culture and fashion today."

The museum launched the Archive Dive series in January with artifacts from Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.'s personal collection. More Dives are slated to be held throughout the year.

The Motown Museum is located at 2648 West Grand Blvd. in Detroit. Visit motownmuseum.org for more information.

Web Site: www.motownmuseum.org

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