Description Marvin GayeBorn: 2 April 1939Died: 1 April 1984 Birthplace: Washington, D.C.Marvin Gaye was a soul singer whose hits included 'How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You,' 'Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)' and 'Sexual Healing.' Gaye was an early hit-maker for Motown Records, writing and recording singles like 'Can I Get a Witness' (1963), 'Ain't That Peculiar' (1965) and 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' (1968). Gaye worked with just about everyone in the R&B business, writing and recording mostly mid-tempo romantic ballads, as well as duets with the likes of Tammi Terrell ('Ain't No Mountain High Enough,' among others) and Diana Ross. He began to exercise more control over his recordings in the 1970s, and his 1971 album What's Going On showed he was a composer interested in more than hit singles. What's Going On was a 'concept' album that spawned the top hits 'What's Going On,' 'Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),' and the 'Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology}. In 1982 'Sexual Healing' from the album Midnight Love, was a Grammy-winning hit that put Gaye back into the spotlight. Gaye was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Kenneth Calvert, Saint Louis Member Since April 2009 Artist Statement Ken Calvert, painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and muralist was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his BFA degree from Lindenwood University. His work demonstrates an ability to handle difficult aspects of the natural world as well as a sensitivity to modernist innovations. Among his numerous national and international solo and group exhibition credits are Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, Rio de Janeiro, Hampton University, Howard University and Morris Brown College. Calvert’s "Cultural Connections" exhibition opened at the Beach Institute and Savannah State University in Savannah Georgia, in 1998. His works were featured at the Vaughn Cultural Center in St. Louis in 1999. Following his acclaimed exhibition / lecture, “Through the Eyes of a Child” at the Missouri History Museum, Calvert returned to the Beach Institute in Georgia for a yet another solo exhibition in 2003. Calvert is credited with the cover painting for the Missouri Historical Society publication, "Discovering African American St. Louis". Amongst his Murals is “Cornerstones of Courage and Culture” at the St. Louis, City Hall. Calvert’s painting of Chokwe Chief Ndumba Tembo, is included in the Anheuser Busch “Great Kings and Queens of Africa Series”. He was the 1997 recipient of the "Romare Bearden Award" for artistic contributions to the St. Louis community.