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Date of Birth 2 April 1939Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Date of Death 1 April 1984Los Angeles, California, USA  (homicide)
Birth NameMarvin Pentz Gay Jr.
Nickname The Prince of Soul
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Jan Gaye (October 1977 - 15 November 1982) (divorced) (2 children)
Anna Gordy Gaye (8 January 1964 - 1977) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (30)

After a dispute, his father shot him twice in the chest, killing him instantly.
He added the "e" to the end of his name because he thought it looked more professional.
Theme song, "Trouble Man" features different vocal takes than the single and album.
Father, with Jan Gaye, of daughter Nona Gaye. Father, with Denise Gordy, of son Marvin Gaye III.
Older brother of Frankie Gaye, cousin of Donnie.
Ex-brother-in-law of Berry Gordy (the founder of Motown Records) and songwriter/actor Robert L. Gordy.
His first wife was 17 years his senior and his second wife was 17 years his junior.
Marvin Gaye passed away on the day before his 45th birthday.
Mentioned by name in Joey Lawrence's song "Timeless".
Spandau Ballet songwriter Gary Kemp is a huge fan of Gaye's and mentioned him in the band's massive 1983 hit song "True".
Marillion lead singer Steve Hogarth counts Gaye as one of his favorite singers. In 1998, the band covered his classic song "Abraham, Martin and John" for their live album "Unplugged at the Walls".
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on September 27, 1990.
Discovered by Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows. Fuqua took Gaye into the group in 1959 and about a year later brought him to Motown.
The addition of the "e" to his name was also emulating one of his favorite singers, Sam Cooke, who did the same thing with his last name. Coincidentally, both performers were shot and killed at young ages.
His 1973 hit song "Let's Get It On" was originally written as a political song.
He was so devastated by the 1970 death of singer Tammi Terrell, that he did not record any new material or appear on stage for three years.
The song "I Want You" was said to be an ode to his second wife Janis Hunter. According to legend, he wrote and recorded the song in two hours after first setting eyes on her, when she was accompanying her mother (a huge fan) to the studio to watch him work. They married two months later.
The song "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holla)" ends with a prelude to the song "What's Goin' On". This version of the latter-mentioned song is slightly different from the now popular version, in that Gaye begins this with: "Father, Father" and the new version begins with "Mother, Mother". This was due to his burning hatred for his father and eternal love for his mother.
He was voted the 19th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Was going to do a duet with Barry White but died a week before they began their rehearsal.
Lobbied Motown Records in 1971 for creative control on albums (as did Stevie Wonder). The first result was "What's Goin' On".
His father, Marvin Pentz Gay, Sr., died in a nursing home at age 84 on October 10, 1998. Marvin Sr. had pleaded no contest and received five years probation for the murder of Marvin Jr.
Was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1957.
Was slated to record a duet album with Dionne Warwick, but changed his mind.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 311-313. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
Ranked #31 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Voted the sixth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll (2008).
Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Posthumously inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
He was cremated and his ashes are scattered into the pacific ocean.

Personal Quotes (2)

Negotiation means getting the best of your opponent.
Who isn't fascinated by evil?

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