|Singers, born after Gaye's death, pay their vocal tribute|
For several years now, Marvin's has been holding a birthday party for the legendary singer in its upstairs roof deck bar and lounge.
Last night, the jam session was led by Gordon "Guitar" Banks. Gaye's long time-band leader. Musicians slid on and off the stage, as did some of the area's hottest young R&B singers, but there was one constant - the long string of hits that Gaye wrote and performed for the Motown Label. There were versions of "Heard It Through the Grapevine", "What's Going On," "Mercy Mercy Me," "Sexual Healing" and many more.
The racially mixed, mostly older crowd grooved and swayed to the hits, many of them singing along to the words they first heard as teenagers.
|The late great Marvin Gaye|
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Tragically, Gaye was shot to death by his father during an argument in 1984. All the proceeds from tonight's special performance went to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is always accepting donations in Gaye's memory. If you are a fan of the late singer and would like to visit places linked to Gaye's DC, the Washington Post has published a list of those sites. Click here to access that article.