Marvin Gaye

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He was an American singer and composer by the name of Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. As a result of his contributions to the development of the Motown sound in the 1960s, first as an in-house session musician and then as a successful solo artist, he became known as the “Prince of Motown” and the “Prince of Soul.” These titles were given to him.

The songs “Ain’t That Peculiar,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” were all released by Marvin Gaye under the Motown label. Additionally, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross participated in the recording of duets with Gaye. In the 1970s, Gaye released the albums “What’s Going On” and “Let’s Get It On,” and he was one of the first Motown performers to liberate himself from the shackles of a production business. He was also a pioneer in the genre of funk.

His latter records had a significant impact on a variety of modern R&B subgenres, including neo soul and quiet storm, among others. During the early 1980s, he lived as a tax exile in Europe. In 1982, he recorded the song “Sexual Healing,” which was included on the album Midnight Love and earned him his first two Grammy Awards. Gaye had his last television performances in 1983 on Soul Train, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, and Forever, and the NBA All-Star Game, when he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Gaye passed away in 1984.

After an altercation at their home in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, on the evening of April 1, 1984, the night before Gaye’s 45th birthday, his father, Marvin Gay Sr., pulled out a gun and fatally shot his son. Gaye died the next day. Later on, Gay Sr. entered a plea of no contest to the charge of voluntary manslaughter. As a result, he was given a six-year sentence with five years of probation suspended from it. Posthumously, a number of organizations, including the Grammy Foundation, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have bestowed awards and other honors upon Marvin Gaye. Among these honors and awards is the Grammy Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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