Smokey Robinson Thought Marvin Gaye’s Murder Was A Morbid April Fool’s Joke
To most individuals, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye have been referred to as , however to one another, the 2 males felt like household.
They collaborated professionally and frolicked personally, with Robinson even sometimes to his longtime pal as “Dad.” So when Gaye was murdered on April M, 1984 (shot and killed by his personal father), Robinson was devastated by the loss — and he fairly clearly the place he was when he received the information.
“I’m in my automotive and I’m listening to the radio. The disc jokey interrupts the programming to say, ‘Soul singer Marvin Gaye was pronounced lifeless on arrival at so-and-so hospital,'” Robinson recollects.
Rather than instantly reacting with unhappiness, Robinson was virtually defiant.&#one hundred sixty;
“I’m considering to myself, ‘That’s a lie, as a result of that is April Fool’s Day,'” he says. “I know good and properly that that is just a few sort of actually morbid, merciless April Fool’s joke.”
Except, it wasn’t. Robinson modified stations and heard the identical report.
“I referred to as [Gaye’s wife] Anna… As quickly as she heard my voice, she stated, ‘Yeah, child, it is true,'” Robinson says. “That was like my mother. Just unacceptable to my psyche.”&#one hundred sixty;
Yet, the denial cannot stay perpetually.
“Eventually, you must settle for the very fact, ‘OK, this individual’s gone.’ They’re gone, and the one factor you are gonna have now are reminiscences,” Robinson says. “You have to simply accept the truth that that is what it’s.”
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