Yes, yesterday’s post was the impetus for today’s, but it’s more than just a copout to an easy segue from T.I. to Marvin Gaye. “Trouble Man” is the the title song from the blaxploitation film of the same name released in 1972. The song faired much better commercially than the movie due to Marvin Gaye’s soulful, gospel twinged voice that often reached a mighty fine falsetto.

I have very vivid chilhood memories of listening to this and other soul classics such as, “Mighty Mighty” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1974), “Super Fly” by Curtis Mayfield (1972) and “Ben” by Michael Jackson (1972), on KOL AM1300 in Seattle. AM at that time, with all it’s static and difficulty tuning the station in just right, had some good things going for it, like the fact you could listen to these soul songs and have it followed up by, “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper (1972), “Get It On” by T-Rex (1972) or “It never Rains In Southern California” by Albert Hammond (1972). What happened to that kind of diversity on the airwaves? At least we have KEXP.

For another excellent movie placement of this song check out “Four Brothers” (2005)