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Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), better known
by his stage name Marvin Gaye, was an American singer-songwriter
and musician with a three-octave vocal range. I felt I wanted to add
my own tribute page to his work.
Starting his career as a member of the doo-wop group The
Moonglows in the late 1950s, he ventured into a solo career after
the group disbanded in 1960, signing with Motown Records
subsidiary, Tamla. He started off as a session drummer, but later
ranked as the label's top-selling solo artist during the 1960s. He was
crowned "The Prince of Motown" and "The Prince of Soul". because
of solo hits such as "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)", "Ain't
That Peculiar", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," and his duet
singles with singers such as Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell.
His work in the early and mid-1970s included the albums, What's
Going On, Let's Get It On, and I Want You, which helped influence
the quiet storm, urban adult contemporary, and slow jam genres.
After a self-imposed European exile in the early 1980s, Gaye
returned on the 1982 Grammy-Award winning hit, "Sexual Healing"
and the Midnight Love album before his death. Gaye was shot dead
by his father on April 1, 1984. He was posthumously inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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