The year 1968 was a tumultous and difficult time for America, and for Marvin Gaye as well. "The world was coming down around me," he told his biographer David Ritz. "Dr. King's death confirmed my instincts about this country. ... Suddenly everyone was going nuts. The riots in Detroit hit close to home. ... For a while, when Bobby Kennedy was shot and the cops ran over the kids at the Democratic Convention in Chicago, it looked hopeless. I felt despair. I felt misunderstood and very unloved.
"The only bright spot in my life," Gaye concluded, "was when the Tigers came back to beat the Cards in the 1968 World Series."