Marvin Gaye

Born 2 April 1939. Died 1 April 1984.
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Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s 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 and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the 1970s, he recorded the concept 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 its production company.

Gaye's later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul. Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit "Sexual Healing" and the Midnight Love album.

He was fatally shot by his father, Marvin Gay, Sr. on April 1, 1984, at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Since his death, Gaye has been posthumously honored by many institutions, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  1. Review of What’s Going On – 40th Anniversary Edition

    What’s Going On – 40th Anniversary Edition 2011

    Reviewed by David Katz
    One of the greatest albums of all time, and nothing short of a masterpiece.
  2. Review of Let’s Get It On

    Let’s Get It On 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The very essence of Marvin Gaye as the sensualist.
  3. Review of In Our Lifetime?

    In Our Lifetime? 2007

    Reviewed by David Aaron
    A talent which we’ll not see the likes of again in our lifetime.
  4. Review of I Want You (Deluxe Edition)

    I Want You (Deluxe Edition) 2003

    Reviewed by Greg Boraman
    It gives us a chance to see Marvin's complex and contradictory character in even more...
  5. Review of What's Going On?

    What's Going On? 2003

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    It's a socially conscious and lyrically reflective piece.
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