Marvin Gaye biography

Marvin Gaye

Rhythm and blues, Musical Artist

1939 – 1984

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Who was Marvin Gaye?

Marvin Gaye, born Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Marvin Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits including "How Sweet It Is" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the 1970s, Gaye recorded the concept albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became among the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company. Gaye's later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres such as quiet storm and neo-soul.

Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit "Sexual Healing" and the Midnight Love album. Since his death in 1984, Gaye has been posthumously honored by many institutions, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Born
Apr 2, 1939
Washington, D.C.
Also known as
  • MarvinGaye
  • Marvin' Gaye
  • Marvine Gaye
  • Marvin Gay
  • Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.
  • Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.
  • M. Gaye
  • Marvin P. Gaye
  • Prince of Soul
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Washington, D.C.
Died
Apr 1, 1984
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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