A post office in South L.A. now boasts a new name that’s very familiar to R&B lovers all over the world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The former Dockweiler Post Office, located at 3585 S. Vermont Ave., adjacent to USC, has been rededicated as the Marvin Gaye Post Office. According to LA times, the change came after Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation to rename the post office.
“Marvin Gaye’s music has transcended generations and gave the ’70s and ’80s a sound,” said Rep. Bass.
Because of noteworthy hits such as “Sexual Healing,” “What’s Going On” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and duets singles with singers like Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, Gaye has been dubbed the “The Prince of Motown” and “The Prince of Soul.”
In 1983, Gaye won the best male rhythm and blues vocal performance and best R&B instrumental performance for “Sexual Healing.” Gaye’s death came as a result of a gunshot inflicted by his father on April 1, 1984, one day before his 45th birthday. In 1987, Gaye was posthumously elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 1996, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Twenty years later, Gaye was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.