Marvin Gaye wax figure at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.

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Marvin Gaye

Sing to one of Soul Music's greatest

Marvin Gaye was an iconic two-time Grammy-winning American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who gained international fame as an artist on the Motown record label in the 1960s and 1970s.

Gaye, who was a part-time songwriter for Motown artists during his early years with the label, proved that he could write and/or produce his own albums without having to rely on the Motown system. By the time of his death in 1984 at the hands of his clergyman father, Gaye had become one of the most influential artists of the soul music genre.

  • April 2, 1939: Marvin Pentz Gay Jr was born
  • 1961: Marvin began his career at Motown
  • 1983: Gaye won two Grammy Awards: one for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and one for Best Instrumental Recording for the single, Sexual Healing.
  • 1983: The British group Spandau Ballet recorded the single True as a partial tribute to both Gaye and the Motown sound he helped establish

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