Marvin Gaye’s family drama; Ford Edsel designer Roy Brown Jr.

Marvin Gaye, center with his parents in D.C. in 1972. (Ellsworth Davis/The Washington Post)
Marvin Gaye, center with his parents in D.C. in 1972. (Ellsworth Davis/The Washington Post)

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Marvin Gaye’s sister has written a play about the late singer, but none of his great music is in it. That’s because his estate — controlled by his children — declined to give her permission to use his songs, reports our colleague DeNeen Brown. The warts-and-all portrayal of the family includes playwright Zeola Gay’s take on why her minister father shot and killed her troubled brother: Gaye, paranoid and struggling with addiction, provoked a confrontation because he had a death wish: “It was a mercy killing. Father took Marvin out of his misery.”


Roy Brown Jr. with his own Edsel. (Courtesy of the Brown family)

 

“Where the hell were you in 1958?”

Ford designer Roy Brown Jr.‘s response to nostalgists who wanted to buy his Edsel. Brown, who regretted nothing about the historic automative flop, died last week at 96; read his obituary by Emily Langer.

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