Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. (known professionally as Marvin Gaye; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American 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".
|Full name at birth||
Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.
|Claim to fame||
songs like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Let's Get It On" and his 1980s hit "Sexual Healing"
|Date of birth||
2 April 1939
|Place of birth||
Freedman's Hospital, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
|Date of death||
1 April 1984
44 (age at death)
|Place of death||
California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
|Cause of death||
Gunshot wounds to the heart and left shoulder
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist
6' 1" (185 cm)
172 lbs (78 kg)
Tenor voice range
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