Marvin Gaye

~ Person

Legal name: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.


Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. 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 hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul".

Gaye's Motown hits include "Ain't That Peculiar", "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", and duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Diana Ross, and Tammi Terrell. During the 1970s, he recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown, along with Stevie Wonder, 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. Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, he released the 1982 hit "Sexual Healing", which won him his first two Grammy Awards, and its parent album Midnight Love. Gaye's last television appearances were at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, where he sung "The Star-Spangled Banner", Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and on Soul Train which was his third and final appearance.

On April 1, 1984, Gaye's father, Marvin Gay Sr., fatally shot him at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Since his death, 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 Gaye2
1963That Stubborn Kinda' FellowMarvin Gaye2
1964When I'm Alone I CryMarvin Gaye2
1964TogetherMarvin Gaye & Mary Wells2
1964Hello BroadwayMarvin Gaye3
1965A Tribute to the Great Nat King ColeMarvin Gaye4
1965How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by YouMarvin Gaye2
1966Moods of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye3
1966Take TwoMarvin Gaye & Kim Weston3
1967UnitedMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell2
1968In the Groove (aka “I Heard It Through the Grapevine!”)Marvin Gaye11
1968You're All I NeedMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell2
1969M.P.G.Marvin Gaye1
1969EasyMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell1
1970That's the Way Love IsMarvin Gaye1
1971What’s Going OnMarvin Gaye4.726
1972Diana & MarvinDiana Ross & Marvin Gaye54
1973Let’s Get It OnMarvin Gaye514
1976I Want YouMarvin Gaye38
1978Here, My DearMarvin Gaye46
1981In Our LifetimeMarvin Gaye4
1982Midnight LoveMarvin Gaye47
1985Dream of a LifetimeMarvin Gaye2
1985Romantically YoursMarvin Gaye1
1989Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
1997VulnerableMarvin Gaye2

Album + Compilation

1967Greatest Hits Vol. 2Marvin Gaye1
1969Marvin Gaye and His GirlsMarvin Gaye2
1969Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell2
1970Marvin Gaye Super HitsMarvin Gaye3
1974AnthologyMarvin Gaye3
1976Marvin Gaye's Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye4
1982Night LifeMarvin Gaye2
1983Compact Command Performances: 15 Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye3
1983Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye1
1985Marvin Gaye & His Women: 21 Classic DuetsMarvin Gaye1
1985Motown LegendsMarvin Gaye1
1986Compact Command Performances: 20 Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye1
1986I Heard It Through the Grapevine / I Want YouMarvin Gaye41
1986Motown Remembers Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1986Trouble Man / M. P. G.Marvin Gaye1
1986What's Going On / Let's Get It OnMarvin Gaye1
198818 Greatest HitsMarvin Gaye1
1988A Musical Testament 1964–1984Marvin Gaye1
1989Mr. Hitch HikeMarvin Gaye1
1990The Marvin Gaye CollectionMarvin Gaye2
1990Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
1990Collection GoldMarvin Gaye1
1990Missing You - The Best OfMarvin Gaye1
1990Soul CollectionMarvin Gaye1
1990Trouble Man / M.P.G.Marvin 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 Gaye4
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
1995Master Series: Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1995The Best of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye2
1995The Master 1961-1984Marvin Gaye1
1996Early Classics: Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
1996Sexual HealingMarvin Gaye1
1997Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
1997Forever YoursMarvin Gaye2
1997I Heard It Through the GrapevineMarvin Gaye2
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 Gaye4
2000The Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
2000The Universal Masters Collection: Classic 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
2001That Stubborn Kinda Fellow / How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by YouMarvin Gaye1
2001Together / Take TwoMarvin Gaye1
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
2001The Very Best of Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye1
2001What's Happening BrotherMarvin Gaye1
2002Barry White & Marvin GayeBarry White / Marvin Gaye2
2002Love Songs: Bedroom BalladsMarvin Gaye1
2002Marvin Gaye and FriendsMarvin Gaye1
2003The Marvin Gaye CollectionMarvin Gaye2
2003The Ultimate CollectionMarvin Gaye3
2003Love SongsMarvin Gaye1
2003Love Songs: Greatest DuetsMarvin Gaye1
2004Got to Give It Up: The Funk CollectionMarvin Gaye1
2004The Love CollectionMarvin Gaye1

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