May 7th, 2008
Exclusive Clips from the Program

Despite his commercial success, Marvin Gaye was troubled by internal conflict and relationship problems. The first two clips, from Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On, explore a difficult period in Marvin’s life, when his first marriage was on the rocks.

The remaining clips are extended versions of interviews with people who knew Marvin during his time at Motown. Gladys Knight, of Gladys Knight and the Pips, worked with Marvin at Motown from the mid ’60s to early ’70s. Songwriting duo Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson wrote several duets for Marvin and Tammi Terrell, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Otis Williams, the last surviving original member of the Temptations, recalls a special moment with Marvin at a piano in a Motown studio. Weldon McDougal worked in promotion at Motown and helped generate interest in Marvin’s albums. Ben Fong-Torres interviewed Marvin for a piece in Rolling Stone.

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  • Adrianne Miles

    Where can I order American Master: Marvin Gay on a DVD, I would like to purchase. Thanks

  • Dennis Avery

    Please send me info. on how to order American Master: Marvin Gaye Thanks

  • Andrew T Brown

    when will this be aired again if so,
    and when, This American Masters Progam needs to shown

  • Helena James

    This is wonderful. Like Gladys said “I’ll always have a place in my heart for Marvin Gaye.

  • Kathryn

    where can I order American Master: Marvin Gaye. I would like it for my library. Thanks

  • Joyce

    When will this be aired again on PBS? Also when can I purchase the DVD? Thanks

  • Nancy Hohenkerk

    Where can I order American Master Marvin Gaye. I would like to purchase it for my library. Thank-you

  • Lemuel Rawls

    I would love to have this DVD in my library. Please send ordering information via email. Thanks!

  • tukisu

    please rebrocast this show again, or let us know where we can get this dvd. Thank you for showing this american genius.

  • Rich Mercado

    PBS : Please air this show again.Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On.
    Marvin was a masters master.

  • Darlene

    Will this be aired again? If not,where can I purchase the DVD?

  • Karlton H.

    I need this in my personal library. When and where can it be purchased? Ms. Knight was right, he is up there with the other lengendary great singers. I was ready to order the cd right then as I watched the magic of Marvin. C’mon PBS.

  • John G.

    Told my friend I would get thim this DVD for his birthday, because it was the greatest hour of television of my life. So upsetting that I can’t buy it! No offense, but get it together PBS.

  • Desiree

    Incredibly inspiring-please issue a DVD!!!!!!

  • Catherine Bonanno

    At about the end of this great show, there is a picture of Marvin, silver boots, jeans, red hat his head turned away. You still know its Marvin. Is there someplace I can get this in small poster form? Do you have it? would you pleaselet me know. Thanks.

  • M. williams

    Marvin was one of the greatest entertainers of our time but he was also a very tortured soul. Such a waste. However, he’s one of my favorite performers, i loved him.

  • kwilliams

    I’m very interested in adding this documentary to my collection. Please make this available for purchase. Thanks

  • stimmer

    If anyone out there knows where to buy this video, please share a link on this page.

  • Denise

    When will this documentary be made available for purchase. This is really good and I would like to have it for my collection.

  • R. Hill

    As always PBS has done it again…I enjoyed both the Marvin Gaye as well as the Sam Cooke documentary…

  • jeannie

    Must have a dvd of the show. Can we purchase this??? It was a moving documentary on the life and times of Marvin. I song and dance to all his music and loved it all. He was so beyond his time.

  • Margaretta

    I like everyone else that I have read would like to have this documentary as part of my collection. Please let me know if and when this would be available.

  • Anna

    Thanks for showing the real Marvin Gaye, raw and uncut, gives viewers an insight to is tortured soul and the meaning behind is music. No one can beat Marvin.

  • Faith

    I, too, would like to add this to my personal collection. Please send information on how I can order the dvd and/or copies of the stills. He is/was a beautiful man and I will always have a place in my heart and home for him.

  • chris crite

    when will this show air again

  • Anaise Fuqua

    The PBS Special on American Masters can also be ordered through

  • Cynthia Lee

    I’d seen the PBS American Masters special on Marvin Gaye three different times so far and each time I enjoyed it. I’m planning on buying the DVD. I was and still am a big fan of his. Kudos to PBS! There should also be a documentary made on his “What’s Going On” album which was and still is his absolute BEST. Maybe PBS and BET should make it. That sure would be great.

  • Eve Hamel

    So far it’s been taking me weeks 2 soak in all the details & information I can get 2 put closure (which in my mind will probably never be absolutely complete) 2 understanding how Marvin Gaye exited this world. I’m so moved by it that I find myself sobbing each time I think about it & can’t get enough. I always felt, each time I heard storys of the struggle between him & his father…this out come…I couldn’t shake it. But in the distance… I’m motivated 2 find out every detail I can of this talented man’s life & as a singer & actor. He was so intense! Wd like 2 add him 2 my collection of favorites… Thank u 4 providing the public with his life’s story & musical legacy. I’m so grateful…!

  • Autumn

    can someone list all of the songs that were on the doc. Im trying to find a song and i only heard it on the doc. its been on my mind for three days now. :) thankz

  • amintern

    The Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On DVD should be available for purchase on amazon. Thank you for your interest. We hope you continue to visit the website for many more new exciting profiles and upcoming premiere information.

  • rhonda

    Is the story about Marvin Gaye being aired during this month May 2011? I thought I saw a promo on WHYY TV?
    I cant find it.


  • amintern

    It was Aired May 9th

  • danij

    I was searching for this documentary seriously so glad you guys know where I can find it. thanks a mill
    I wish PBS would just sell it on their website.

  • Debbie

    I’ve been looking for this DVD, as well. Thanks for the info. I love Marvin!!!


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