Marvin Gaye, singer
birth name: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.

Marvin Gaye

April 2, 1939, Washington DC ~ April 1, 1984, Los Angeles, CA

“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” ~ Marvin Gaye

One of the most gifted, visionary, and enduring talents ever launched into orbit by the Motown hit machine, Marvin Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music. Moving from lean, powerful R&B to stylish, sophisticated soul to finally arrive at an intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression, his work not only redefined soul music as a creative force but also expanded its impact as an agent for social change. ~ Allmusic: Marvin Gaye ~ retrieved March 7, 2014 © Allmusic

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Marvin Gaye ~ Awarded a 1996 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2012 five of Gaye's albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #470 Let's Get It On (1973) ~ #354 I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1968) ~ #324 Hello Broadway (1965) ~ #279 What's Going On? (1971) ~ #163 How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1965)

Marvin Gaye ~ Here, My Dear (1978) ~ Ranked #456 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ One of the weirdest Motown records ever. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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