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Birth Name:Marvin Pentz Gay Jr .

Date of Birth:April 2nd, 1939

Date of Death:April 1st, 1984

Backgrounds:Solo Singer

Death Place:California · Los Angeles · United States

Birth Place:D.C. · United States · Washington

Occupations:Composer · Musician · Record Producer · Singer-Songwriter

Instruments:Clavinet · Drum Kit · Keyboard Instrument · Percussion Instrument · Singing

Years Active:1957 - 1984

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Labels:Columbia Records · Motown Records

Genres:Funk · Pop · Psychedelic Soul · Quiet Storm · Rhythm And Blues · Soul

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Associated Acts:Diana Ross · Harvey Fuqua · Kim Weston · Martha and the Vandellas · Mary Wells · Tammi Terrell · The Moonglows · The Originals

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., known as Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist and instrumentalist.

Starting as a member of the doo-wop group The Moonglows in the late fifties, he ventured into a solo career after the group disbanded in 1960 signing with the Tamla subsidiary of Motown Records.

After a year as a session drummer, Gaye ranked as the label's top-selling solo artist during the sixties.

Due to solo hits including "How Sweet It Is ", "Ain't That Peculiar", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and his duet singles with singers such as Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, he was crowned "The Prince of Motown" and "The Prince of Soul" Notable for fighting the hit-making but restrictive Motown process in which performers and songwriters and producers were kept separate, Gaye proved with albums like his 1971 What's Going On and his 1973 Let's Get It On that he was able to produce music without relying on the system, inspiring fellow Motown artists such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to do the same.

His mid-1970s work including the Let's Get It On and I Want You albums helped influence the quiet storm, urban adult contemporary and slow jam genres.

After a self-imposed European exile in the late seventies, Gaye returned on the 1982 Grammy-winning hit, "Sexual Healing" and the Midnight Love album before his death at the hands of his father on April 1, 1984.

He was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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