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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. (2 April 1939 - 1 April 1984) was an American soul and rnb singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, known as “The Prince of Soul”, or “The Prince of Motown.” Originally a member of the doo-wop group The Moonglows, he pursued a solo career after the group disbanded and released many successful solo hits including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, “Let’s Get It On” and “What’s Going On”. His best albums are still held in extremely high regard, and he is often cited as one of the finest singers of his era.

Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. was born in 1939 to Marvin Gay, Sr. and Alberta Gay in Washington, D.C… Gaye began his career in Motown in 1958, and soon became Motown’s top solo male artist. He scored numerous hits during the 1960s, among them “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “Stubborn Kind of Fellow”, and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, as well as several hit duets with Tammi Terrell, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”” and “You’re All I Need To Get By”, before moving on to his own form of musical self-expression.

Along with Stevie Wonder, Gaye is notable for fighting the hit-making—but creatively restrictive—Motown record-making process, in which performers, songwriters and record producers were generally kept in separate camps. Gaye forced Motown to release his 1971 album What’s Going On, which is today hailed as one of the best albums of all time

Marvin’s album What’s Going On was reviewed as being "the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music, delivered by one of its finest voices." by John Bush.
All through his career, 60 of Marvin’s singles made it to the Top 40 R&B singles chart and 38 out those 60 made it to the Top 10.
In 1990, Marvin was given posthumously his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Fallowing the September 11 tragedy and the worldwide AIDS epidemy, Jermain Dupri produced a cover of Marvin’s What's Going On which was released as a benefit single and credited to "Artist Against AIDS Worldwide". The song featured numerous artist such as Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, N*Sync, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado and many more.
Gaye was also honoured in 1999 with a second tribute album, Marvin Is 60. The album featured R&B artists such as Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and Will Downing.
In 1995, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Nona Gaye and other artists honoured Gaye with a tribute album called Inner City Blues: The Music Of Marvin Gaye.
Marvin and Tammi Terrell's song "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" was covered by R&B singer Diana Ross and by performer Michael McDonald.
Marvin Gaye's song I Heard it Through the Grapevine is ranked #38 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.
Marvin was seventeen years younger than his first wife, Jan Gaye, seventeen years older than his second, Ana Gordy Gaye.
Marvin is the brother of R&B singer/songwritter Frankie Gaye. edit »Marvin is the father of singer/actress Nona Gaye.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Marvin was one of the greatest Rock 'n' Roll artist of all time. edit »Born as Marvin Gay, he added the "e" to the end of his last name because he thought it looked more professional.
Marvin died the day before his 45th birthday.
Marvin second spouse was Jan Gaye. They got married in October 1977 and divorced in February 1981. They had 2 children together.
Marvin first spouse was Anna Gordy Gaye. They got married in 1961, gave birth to 1 child and divorced in 1975.
Marvin was 6'1" (1.85m) tall

50s, 60s Hits

Aint No Mountain High Enough
Aint Nothing Like The Real Thing
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Mercy Mercy Me
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
You're All I Need To Get By
Your Precious Love

80's Hits

Sexual Healing


Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
Got To Give It Up
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
Let's Get It On
Pride And Joy
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
What's Going On

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