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He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, but his story is a story of family turmoil ending in tragedy.
After an abortive attempt to join a professional football team, Gaye returned to music in June 1970. He had witnessed police brutality at an anti-war protest which had inspired his classic protest song 'What's Going On?' yet it almost wasn't released by Gordon, who deemed its content 'too political' for radio. Gaye went on strike, forcing the song's release and it climbed to No 2 and sold two million copies worldwide. Gaye was firmly on the R&B/soul star map.
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