How did an American Soul Legend end up in Ostend?
Marvin Gaye arrived by boat in Ostend on a cold winter morning in 1981. The singer had fled the US, without a penny to his name and battling a cocaine addiction. His arrival marked the beginning of a fascinating tale about Ostend and Marvin Gaye and how they influenced each other.
The Ostend concert promoter Freddy Cousaert took Gaye under his wing, managing to keep him clean and getting him back on track. One and a half year later Gaye would make an amazing comeback with his LP "Midnight Love" and above all his single Sexual Healing, which he recorded in Belgium.
In the footsteps of Marvin Gaye: take "The Midnight Love Tour"
During the "Midnight Love Tour" documentary walk you can find out more about his comeback and how the worldwide hit "Sexual Healing" was created.
In addition to the master's voice himself, you can also hear contributions by Jan Hautekiet, Patrick De Witte, Freddie Cousaert, Jamie Lidell, Arno and many others.
In the footsteps of Marvin Gaye
A world-class hit, made in Ostend
It is said that Marvin Gaye's biggest hit was created in Ostend, more specifically in Residentie Jane where he lived at the time. The American David Ritz interviewed the singer for "Rolling Stone" magazine and suggested the idea of sexual healing. Marvin said that it sounded like a rather good song title. And the rest is history.
A memorial for Marvin
In 2014, Marvin Gaye would have celebrated his 75th birthday. On 1 April 2014, the town commemorated the 30th anniversary of his death. A memorial was inauguated on Zeedijk near Residentie Jane, the apartment where he stayed. In addition to the statue in the entrance hall of Kursaal one of the best-known inhabitants of Ostend now also has a memorial on the city's streets.