Fast Facts

  • Started singing at the age of 3 in his father's church.
  • First hit record, "Stubborn Kind of Fellow," came in 1962 when he was with the Motown label.
  • Had numerous duet partners, but his most successful singing partnership was with Tammi Terrell, beginning in 1967.   
  • His groundbreaking 1971 album What's Going On, which featured songs with political and social messages, changed the direction of R&B music.    
  • Wrote the score for the movie Trouble Man in 1972.
  • At the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, rendered a crowd-pleasing, soulful version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
  • Was shot to death by his father in 1984.

Awards

  • 1982, Grammy — Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male: Winner
  • 1982, Grammy — Best R&B Instrumental Performance: Winner

Relationships

  • Anna Gordy — Ex-wife
  • Zeola Gaye — Sister
  • Janis Hunter — Ex-wife
  • Jeanne Gay — Sister
  • Nona Gaye — Daughter
  • Alberta Cooper Gay — Mother
  • Michael Cooper — Half Brother
  • Marvin Pentz Gaye III — Son
  • Frankie Gaye — Son
  • Marvin Pentz Gay Sr. — Father
  • Frankie Gaye — Brother

Details

  • Birth Name: Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.
  • Birth Place: Washington, DC
  • Birthday: April 2, 1939, Aries
  • Died: April 1, 1984
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Producer
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