Thirty years ago today, Marvin Gaye gave an epic and unique performance of the National Anthem at the NBA All Star Game at The Forum in Inglewood California. He sang a soulful version accompanied by a drum beat. This version was laster used by NIKE in 2008 promoting the USA National Basketball Team. Just over a year later in March 1984 Marvin was killed, by his father in his parent’s home. arguments.