“Abraham, Martin and John” — Marvin Gaye

Although not a name you hear much any more, without Marvin Gaye we might never have experienced Motown Records as we know it and love it.

Starting out in the early 1960s, Marvin Gaye was one of the key people, along with Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy himself, who made Motown label such a success.

He started out as a session drummer, producer and composer for groups like The Miracles and The Marvelettes, one of whose early releases “Please, Mr Postman” helped put Motown on the map, before being persuaded to perform himself.