Marvin Gaye









Marvin Gaye

was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, D.C. and passed away on April 1, 1984. He joined the United States Air Force but was discharged because he did not want to follow orders. Marvin was an American Soul, R&B, and Funk singer, songwriter, composer, musician, instrumentalist, record producer, and performer. He gained his success international fame as an artist on the Motown record label in the 1960's and the 1970's. Marvin began his career at Motown in 1961. He became the top solo male artist quickly and had many hits during the 1960's. Some of them were, Stubborn Kind of Fellow, How Sweet it Is To Be Loved By You, and I Heard It Through the Grapevine. He performed a few duets with Tammi Terrell. They included, Ainít No Mountain High Enough, and Youíre All I Need To get By. In 1971 he released a very successful album called, Whatís Going On and from it came the releases Trouble man and Letís Get It On. In the 1970's Marvin released several other albums plus he was writing songs. The albums were, Letís get It On and I Want You. Singles from these were, Letís Get It On, Got To Give It Up, and Sexual Healing.

He joined the Marquees musical group after getting out of the Air force in 1957. The Marquees was a popular group in the Washington, D.C. area.. Mama Loocie, was Marvinís first single with the Moonglows ( who were originally The Marquees.), in 1957 and also his first recorded lead. He was introduced to Motown and it was just the beginning of a very long career for Marvin. His hit single, Got To Give it Up, went to number 1 on the Pop, R&B, and Dance singles Charts in 1977. His Live At London Palladium album sold over 2 million copies and was one of the top ten best selling albums of the same year. By 1979, Marvin was struggling with drug addictions and tax problems. He filed for bankruptcy and moved to Hawaii and lived in a bread van. He moved to Belgium in 1981. He then began on a U. S. Tour to support his album and it ended in August because of health issues and also the fear over a threat on his life.

After the tour ended, Marvin secluded himself in his parentís home. He threatened to commit suicide several times after he had arguments with his father. The day before Marvinís 45th birthday, his father shot him after an argument over some misplaced business documents. His father was sentenced to 6 years of probation after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The murder charges were dropped after it was discovered that Marvin, Sr. Had a brain tumor.