Place of Death
Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death
Murdered - shot and killed by his father
Soul, Motown, Smooth Soul, Urban, Quiet Storm, Funk, Soundtracks, Blaxploitation, Pop/Rock, Doo Wop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Pop-Soul, AM Pop, Early Pop/Rock, Psychedelic Soul, Early R&B
Earnest, Elegant, Intimate, Poignant, Passionate, Romantic, Plaintive, Reflective, Smooth, Warm, Party/Celebratory, Carefree, Cheerful, Happy, Confident, Fun, Hedonistic, Ambitious, Distraught, Amiable/Good-Natured, Sentimental
Claim to Fame
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Composer
Has Detailed Data (New)
Profile Bio Text
Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), better known by his stage name Marvin Gaye, was an American singer-songwriter and instrumentalist with a three-octave vocal range. Starting as a member of the doo-wop group The Moonglows in the late fifties, he ventured into a solo career after the group disbanded in 1960 signing with the Tamla subsidiary of Motown Records. After starting off as a session drummer, Gaye ranked as the label`s top-selling solo artist during the sixties.
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, he was crowned "The Prince of Motown" and "The Prince of Soul". His mid-1970s work including the What`s Going On, Let`s Get It On and I Want You albums helped influence the quiet storm, urban adult contemporary and slow jam genres. After a self-imposed European exile in the early eighties, Gaye returned on the 1982 Grammy-winning hit, "Sexual Healing" and the Midnight Love album before his death. Gaye was tragically shot dead by his father on April 1, 1984. He was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2008, the American music magazine Rolling Stone ranked Gaye #6 on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time, and ranked #18 on 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Couple Profile Source
Cardozo High School, Washington, DC
Full Name at Birth
Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.
Page Display = 2 (Legacy)
Has Detailed Data (Music)
Marvin Gaye (; born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles Prince of Motown and Prince of Soul.
Has Detailed Data (105)
Has Detailed Data (76)
Music Profile Complete
Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, composer
Music Genre (Text)
R&B, soul, psychedelic soul, funk, blues, jazz
Vocals, piano, keyboard, drums, percussion, synthesizer
Harvey Fuqua, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, The Funk Brothers