Marvin Gaye

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Legal name: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.


Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., who also spelled his surname as Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), was an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. He 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 successes, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul".

Gaye's Motown songs include "Ain't That Peculiar", "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". Gaye also recorded duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross. During the 1970s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company.

His later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. "Sexual Healing", released in 1982 on the album Midnight Love, won him his first two Grammy Awards. Gaye's last televised appearances were at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, where he sang "The Star-Spangled Banner"; Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; and Soul Train.

On April 1, 1984, the eve of his 45th birthday, Gaye was shot and killed by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., at their house in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, after an argument. Gay Sr. later pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, and received a six-year suspended sentence and five years of probation. Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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1961The Soulful Moods of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye42
1963That Stubborn Kinda' FellowMarvin Gaye43
1964When I’m Alone I CryMarvin Gaye42
1964TogetherMarvin Gaye & Mary Wells42
1964Hello BroadwayMarvin Gaye43
1965A Tribute to the Great Nat King ColeMarvin Gaye44
1965How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by YouMarvin Gaye42
1966Moods of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye43
1966Take TwoMarvin Gaye & Kim Weston43
1967UnitedMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell45
1968In the Groove (aka “I Heard It Through the Grapevine!”)Marvin Gaye3.511
1968You’re All I NeedMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell43
1969M.P.G.Marvin Gaye41
1969EasyMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell43
1970That’s the Way Love IsMarvin Gaye41
1971What’s Going OnMarvin Gaye4.6542
1973Let’s Get It OnMarvin Gaye4.2519
1973Diana & MarvinDiana Ross & Marvin Gaye48
1976I Want YouMarvin Gaye312
1978Here, My DearMarvin Gaye3.658
1981In Our LifetimeMarvin Gaye44
1982Midnight LoveMarvin Gaye3.510
1985Dream of a LifetimeMarvin Gaye33
1985Romantically YoursMarvin Gaye41
1997VulnerableMarvin Gaye43
2000What's Happening BrotherMarvin Gaye1

Album + Compilation

1964Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye1
1967Greatest Hits Vol. 2Marvin Gaye1
1969Marvin Gaye and His GirlsMarvin Gaye2
1969Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell3
1970Marvin Gaye Super HitsMarvin Gaye4
1974AnthologyMarvin Gaye3
1976Marvin Gaye's Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye5
1980Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1982Night LifeMarvin Gaye3
1983Compact Command Performances: 15 Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye3
1983Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye1
1985Motown LegendsMarvin Gaye1
1985Marvin Gaye & His Women: 21 Classic DuetsMarvin Gaye1
1986Compact Command Performances: 20 Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye1
1986I Heard It Through the Grapevine / I Want YouMarvin Gaye41
1986Motown Remembers Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye2
1986Trouble Man / M. P. G.Marvin Gaye3
1986What's Going On / Let's Get It OnMarvin Gaye1
1987Moods Of Marvin Gaye/That's The Way Love IsMarvin Gaye1
1987Smokey Robinson’s Greatest Hits / The Best of Marvin GayeSmokey Robinson / Marvin Gaye1
198818 Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye1
1988A Musical Testament 1964–1984Marvin Gaye1
1989Love SongsMarvin Gaye31
1989Mr. Hitch HikeMarvin Gaye1
1990The Marvin Gaye CollectionMarvin Gaye2
1990Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
1990Collection GoldMarvin Gaye1
1990Missing You - The Best OfMarvin Gaye1
1990Soul CollectionMarvin Gaye1
1991Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye2
1992Great Songs and PerformancesMarvin Gaye1
1992Motown's Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye2
1993Distant LoverMarvin Gaye2
1993Seek & You Shall Find: More of the Best (1963-1981)Marvin Gaye1
1994The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (EU edition)Marvin Gaye6
1994The Marvin Gaye Classics CollectionMarvin Gaye1
1994Love Starved HeartMarvin Gaye3
1994Motown Legends: Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1994The Norman Whitfield SessionsMarvin Gaye1
1994The Very Best of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1995AnthologyMarvin Gaye2
1995Inner City Blues: The Music of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye2
1995The Best of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye3
1995The Master 1961–1984Marvin Gaye2
1996Early Classics: Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1996Master Series: Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1996Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1996Sexual HealingMarvin Gaye1
1997Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
1997Forever YoursMarvin Gaye2
1997I Heard It Through the GrapevineMarvin Gaye2
1997Marvin Gaye Live!Marvin Gaye1
1997The Soulful Sound of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1998Midnight Love & The Sexual Healing Sessions (2-in-1)Marvin Gaye3
199920th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Volume 1: The '60sMarvin Gaye4
1999The Sexual HealerMarvin Gaye1
200020th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Volume 2: The '70sMarvin Gaye5
2000The Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
2000Classic Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
200020th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye & Tammi TerrellMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell2
2000I Heard It Through the GrapevineMarvin Gaye1
2000Super HitsMarvin Gaye1
2000The Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
2001Together / Take TwoMarvin Gaye1
2001That Stubborn Kinda Fellow / How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by YouMarvin Gaye2
2001M.P.G. / That's the Way Love IsMarvin Gaye1
2001The Very Best of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye5
2001The Complete DuetsMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell1
2001Legends of SoulMarvin Gaye1
2001Les IndispensablesMarvin Gaye1
2001Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear & In Our LifetimeMarvin Gaye1
2001The Very Best of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
2001What's Happening BrotherMarvin Gaye1
2002Love Songs: Bedroom BalladsMarvin Gaye1

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