Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., who also spelled his surname as Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), was an American singer and songwriter. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of successes, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul".
Gaye's Motown songs include "Ain't That Peculiar", "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". Gaye also recorded duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross. During the 1970s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company.
His later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. "Sexual Healing", released in 1982 on the album Midnight Love, won him his first two Grammy Awards. Gaye's last televised appearances were at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, where he sang "The Star-Spangled Banner"; Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; and Soul Train.On April 1, 1984, the eve of his 45th birthday, Gaye was shot and killed by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., at their house in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, after an argument. Gay Sr. later pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, and received a six-year suspended sentence and five years of probation. Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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They All Came Out to Montreux (2022)
Mr. Nelson on the North Side (2021)
Best of the 60s: The Story of Ready, Steady, Go! (2021)
1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (2021)
The Top Ten Revealed (2018)
Songs to Have Sex to (2015)
DJ Cinema Presents: Masterpiece Theater Blend Dvd (2009)
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (2008)
Motor City's Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges (2008)
Darts Tarts – Welcome to my World (2006)
Marvin Gaye: The Real Thing - In Performance 1964-1981 (2006)
Marvin Gaye - Let's get it on (2006)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004)
Prachtig 80: Volume 2 (2003)
Marvin Gaye - Live In Montreux 1980 (2003)
The Giants of Black Music (2003)
DTV: Golden Oldies (1984)
Rock, Rhythm & Blues (1984)
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983)
Remember Marvin Gaye (1981)
Standing Room Only: Diana Ross (1980)
Diana Ross in Concert! (1979)
The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1977 (1977)
The Day the Music Died (1977)
Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits Live in '76 (1976)
The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1974 (1974)
Save the Children (1973)
Trouble Man (1972)
Chrome and Hot Leather (1971)
The Ballad of Andy Crocker (1969)
Malibu U (1967)
The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
The Hollywood Palace (1964)
Ready Steady Go! (1963)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)
Live at Amsterdam 1976
Deathday1984-04-01 (45 years old)
Birth nameMarvin Pentz Gay, Jr.
Place of birthWashington, D.C., United States of America
RelationshipsAnna Gordy Gaye (1963-01-01 - 1977-01-01)
FatherMarvin Gay Sr.
CitizenshipsUnited States of America
Also known asMarvin Pentz Gay Jr.
Awardsstar on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
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