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marvin gaye and kim weston- "secret love"

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Published on Feb 19, 2010

one of the more amazing aspects of motown's rationale was that the artists were to be known not just as singers who were only as hot as their last hit, but artists who could have careers long beyond the confines of top 40 radio.

to this end, you could often find some very un-motown-like music on those albums. pre-rock standards were often recorded by the artists- the kind of music the parents of those teen-agers would listen to. some may have found it a bit odd or undesireable, but really it showed that a singer didn't have to be limited to one "box" all the time.

marvin gaye actually was attempting to gear himself as a singer of the type of material sung by nat king cole and frank sinatra and he easily conquered such material with an ease that could be a huge surprise for those who only knew his motown hits.

kim weston was also stunning surprise. starting out singing in gospel groups, then being signed to motown, she of course was produced with the classic motown material. she had a big, powerful voice which could also be sweet and unbelieveably tender. the truly astounding thing about kim was that while she didn't always like the uptempo tracks, you'd never know it as she sounded as though she was born to sing those big ragers like "take me in your arms (rock me a little while", and others.

here is kim, with marvin singing the type of material she really enjoyed. find some of her rocking motown tracks here on you tube, then come back and listen to this performance. how on earth was this woman so equally good at both styles? how did motown not take full advantage of this woman's many talents?

secret love, a song more commonly associated with doris day is given such a moving reading here it's difficult not to be affected. marvin and kim truly had a chemistry that translated very well on their recordings. it's a real treat for the ears to hear artists who could interpret such material with a class that is hard to believe considering how young these two were at the time.

certainly, most people are familiar with the marvin gaye, tammi terrell hits and those are powerful in every way- but it's a real testament to all involved that this pairing can be enjoyed and appreciated just as much.

written by paul webster and sammy fain
produced by william mickey stevenson
from the cd marvin gaye kim weston -take two

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