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Also Known As: Marvin P Gaye Died:
Born: April 2, 1939 Cause of Death:
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One of the greatest talents in the history of soul music, as well as one of its most tormented, Marvin Gaye paid fervent testimony to the joys of emotional and physical love in such enduring classic songs as "Can I Get a Witness," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You") and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" over the course of a three-decade career. He escaped an abusive childhood to find initial fame as part of the doo-wop group the Moonglows, but began a solo star under Berry Gordy at Motown, who struggled mightily with Gaye's anti-authoritarian streak before releasing a string of Top 10 and Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1970. Some of Gaye's greatest accomplishments were alongside Tammi Terrell, who became his musical soulmate on songs like "It Takes Two" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Her 1970 death left him devastated, but he emerged with a pair of astonishing albums, the socially conscious What's Going On (1971) and the erotically super-charged Let's Get It On (1973). Personal demons, including a crippling drug addiction, left him financially and commercially spent in the late 1970s, but he rebounded in 1982 with the seductive, Grammy-winning single, "Sexual Healing." His career revival,...

One of the greatest talents in the history of soul music, as well as one of its most tormented, Marvin Gaye paid fervent testimony to the joys of emotional and physical love in such enduring classic songs as "Can I Get a Witness," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You") and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" over the course of a three-decade career. He escaped an abusive childhood to find initial fame as part of the doo-wop group the Moonglows, but began a solo star under Berry Gordy at Motown, who struggled mightily with Gaye's anti-authoritarian streak before releasing a string of Top 10 and Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1970. Some of Gaye's greatest accomplishments were alongside Tammi Terrell, who became his musical soulmate on songs like "It Takes Two" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Her 1970 death left him devastated, but he emerged with a pair of astonishing albums, the socially conscious What's Going On (1971) and the erotically super-charged Let's Get It On (1973). Personal demons, including a crippling drug addiction, left him financially and commercially spent in the late 1970s, but he rebounded in 1982 with the seductive, Grammy-winning single, "Sexual Healing." His career revival, however, was cut short by his 1984 murder at the hands of his own father, bringing to a tragic close one of the most brilliant if erratic careers in American music.

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