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Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye in 1973
Background information
Birth name Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.
Born (1939-04-02)April 2, 1939
Washington, D.C., United States
Died April 1, 1984(1984-04-01) (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Soul, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, composer, musician, record producer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion, clavinet, synthesizers, piano
Years active 1958–1984
Labels Motown (Tamla-Motown), Columbia
Associated acts The Moonglows, Jackie Wilson, Martha and the Vandellas, Tammi Terrell, The Originals, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Harvey Fuqua, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin

Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., April 2, 1939 - April 1, 1984) was an American soul and R&B singer and songwriter. He was a famous artist recording on the Motown label in the 1960s and 1970s. He became an independent artist when he released his 1971 album, What's Going On. After living in Europe in the late 1970s, Gaye had a comeback hit with 1982's "Sexual Healing". The record won him two Grammy Awards and became his biggest hit. He died on April 1, 1984 when he was killed by his father, Marvin Gay, Sr.. After he died, he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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