Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Equally sensual and poetic, a singer-songwriter unrivaled.

Founded

April 2, 1939 in Washington, DC

Full Name

Date of Birth

April 2, 1939 in Washington, DC

Still Alive

Date of Death

April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California

Marvin Gaye, circa November 1964.
Marvin Gaye, circa November 1964.

About The artist

A flawless singer and brilliant songwriter, Marvin Gaye was a prime mover of Black music from the early 1960s into the 1980s. His masterpiece, What's Going On became a template for how to marry a strong message with a pop sensibility in order to reach as large an audience as possible.

Did you know...

He spent much of his early career with Motown as a sessions drummer earning $5 a week. He found success as co-writer of the Marvelettes "Beechwood 4-5789."

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