Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was a preacher’s kid hailing from Washington, D.C., who began to hone his singing chops at the age of 3.
Gaye had an amazing musical range and a diverse style—including genres such as gospel, doo-wop, jazz, funk, and disco.
His 1973 studio album “Let’s Get It On” has been considered one of music’s most sexually conscious LPs ever recorded.
Gaye was a professional at singing some of our most beloved duets. His singing partners include Kim Weston, Mary Wells and Diana Ross.
Gaye had the greatest melodic chemistry singing with vocalist Tammi Terrell, with hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” and "You’re All I Need To Get By,” to prove it.
His most socially charged album, “What’s Going On,” released in 1971, brought awareness to war, social inequality and prevalent community issues.
The Grammy-winning musician had a three-octave range as a harmonious tenor.
Widely known as one of the greatest artists of all time, Gaye was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a star named in his honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Let’s Get It On” is one of Motown’s best-selling songs in the history of the label.
Gaye helped to establish and mold the infamous Motown Sound.