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. He was a tax exile in Europe in the early 1980s; he released "Sexual Healing" in ...
|Also known as||Marvin P. Gaye, Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.|
|Born||2 Apr. 1939, in Washington, D.C.|
|Died||1 Apr. 1984 (Aged: 45), in Los Angeles|
Anna Gordy Gaye (1964-1977)
|Role(s)||PianoSamples From Artist|
|Label(s)||MotownTamlaTamla MotownColumbiaCBSSpectrum MusicUniversal[no label]LegacyUMe|