The Trouble Man soundtrack followed, i putting a Mizell Brothers project in the can, that included, ''Where Are We Going'' that was later released on a compilation album. Let's Get It On was Marvin's 12th album release, the album once again took him to the top of the US album chart in 1973, the album included, American Billboard hit singles, "Let's Get It On", "Come Get to This", and "You Sure Love to Ball". Initial plans to make the Ross/Gaye duet album began as early as 1970, but with the lull of Tammi Terrell,passing,it did happen at that time.
Recording sessions for the album took place in 1972 and 1973 at Motown Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. The album featured covers including, f Wilson Pickett's "Don't Knock My Love", the Stylistics previously recorded, ''Stop Look Listen'', You Are Everything, in which the latter two songs became the UK hit single from the album, where as in America, they were, "My Mistake (Was to Love You)" & "You're a Special Part of Me", but the album has a hit selling in both America & in the UK. In 1974 he released a Live album, with "Distant Lover (Live)" becoming a hit single again. on the strength of the sheer quality of the live performance of the song. Marvin's next live album was recorded in London, the side four, of the double album included the US #1, ''Got To Give It Up'' recently an influence to Robin Thicke on his #1 selling song, ''Blurred Lines''. Gaye's next studio album, I Want You, followed in 1976 with the title track becoming a number-one R&B/Soul smash hit, the title song was written by Leon Ware & T Boy Ross. The song was originally intended to be included in Ware's Musical Massage album, but when Ware, who was also signed to the label as a solo artist, presented it to, Berry Gordy, he persuaded Leon to give it to Marvin, for the album he was working on. Reportedly recorded at Marvin's Room, the singer's new recording studio in Los Angeles, Marvin also reportedly recorded the song while lying on his back of his sofa according to Ware, who said that he couldn't see Gaye at first but then discovered a laid-back Marvin delivering the song in his trademark tenor vocals. The erotic, sexual album proved to be a success not only in the bedrooms, but chart wise also. The album once again, is yet another, Marvin masterpiece, a timeless set of songs, including, "I Wanna Be Where You Are" that was first a hit for, Michael Jackson, also written by, Leon Ware, who co wrote & produced the album. In the later part of 1978, Gaye issued Here, My Dear, the album was a concept album, for his ex wife, Anna Gordy. After months of delays, in March of 1977, the singer's attorney Curtis Shaw wanted to end divorce proceedings and convinced Marvin to give up half of the percentage of album royalties he would earn from his next Motown album to Anna. The Gayes' divorce was finalized in June.. The ''Here My Dear'' album was completed in three months but the singer held it back for over a year, scared of letting it be released.
Larkin Arnold bought Marvin out of his Motown contract, thus ending the singer's 21-year relationship with the company in 1982 . New label, fresh start for the singer who was now living in, Ostend Belgium. Midnight Love was his debut album for, Columbia Records released in the autumn / fall of 1982. It was one of his most successful albums, containing the worldwide hit, ''Sexual Healing''. Marvin was back on top, the album was nominated for a 1983 Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, spawning the two-time Grammy Award-winning smash, "Sexual Healing", NME album of the year, but in the 1984 Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for a Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Grammy, losing out to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". The two Grammys Marvin won the previous year, were the only two Gaye won in his lifetime. On this sad day of, April 1, 1984, as Marvin was seated on his bed talking to his mother, Gaye's father fired a shot at Marvin twice. The first shot, which entered the right side of Gaye's chest, was fatal, having perforated his vital organs. Gaye was taken to the emergency room of the California Hospital Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:01 pm. His father was sentenced to probation, later died himself in 1998. We will always ask ourselves why, how could you shoot your own son. Marvin Gaye will always be in our hearts & his music will live forever. R.I.P Marvin, you wonderful one.