Marvin Gaye Quick Info
Height6 ft
Weight78 kg
Date of BirthApril 2, 1939
Zodiac SignAries
Date of DeathApril 1, 1984

Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who is credited as the “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”. He is known for his contributions to the sound of Motown in the 1960s and his discography includes multiple albums like The Soulful Moods of Marvin GayeWhen I’m Alone I CryHow Sweet It Is to Be Loved by YouThat Stubborn Kinda FellowTrouble ManA Tribute to the Great Nat “King” ColeI Heard It Through the Grapevine a.k.a. In the GrooveThat’s the Way Love IsMidnight Love, Hello BroadwayMoods of Marvin GayeWhat’s Going OnIn Our LifetimeI Want YouLet’s Get It OnM.P.G., and Here, My Dear. Marvin Gaye was posthumously inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Born Name

Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.

Other Names

Marvin Gaye, The Prince of Soul, The Prince of Motown

Marvin Gaye during the recording sessions for the album 'Let's Get It On' at the 'Hitsville West' Studio in Los Angeles, California in 1973Marvin Gaye during the recording sessions for the album 'Let's Get It On' at the 'Hitsville West' Studio in Los Angeles, California in 1973
Marvin Gaye during the recording sessions for the album ‘Let’s Get It On’ at the ‘Hitsville West’ Studio in Los Angeles, California in 1973 (Jim Britt / Motown Records / Public Domain)


He was born on April 2, 1939.


On April 1, 1984, he died after his father shot him twice following a physical altercation between the two in Los Angeles, California, United States. He was 44 at the time and just one day short of his 45th birthday.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Freedman’s Hospital, Washington, D.C., United States






Marvin Gaye studied at Syphax Elementary SchoolRandall Junior High School, Spingarn High School, and Cardozo High School.

He dropped out of high school when he was 17 years old.

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Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist


  • Father – Marvin Gay Sr. (Church Minister)
  • Mother – Alberta Gay (née Cooper) (Domestic Worker)
  • Siblings – Jeanne (Sister), Zeola (Sister), Frankie Gaye (Younger Brother), Michael Cooper (Older Maternal Half-Brother), Antwaun Carey Gay (Paternal Half-Brother)
  • Others – George Gay (Paternal Grandfather), Marnie/Mamie Mae Watkins (Paternal Grandmother), Sam or John Cooper (Maternal Grandfather), Ruth or Lucy Smith (Maternal Grandmother), Christy (Niece), Denise (Niece), April (Niece), Fiona (Niece), Frankie, Jr. (Nephew)


R&B, Soul, Psychedelic Soul, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Progressive Soul


Vocals, Keyboards, Drums


Tamla, Tamla-Motown, Columbia Records

Net Worth

According to, his net worth was -$9 Million at the time of his death.

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Marvin Gaye in 1966Marvin Gaye in 1966
Marvin Gaye in 1966 (J. Edward Bailey / eBay / Public Domain)


6 ft or 183 cm


78 kg or 172 lbs

Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse

Marvin Gaye had dated –

  1. Tammi Terrell – RUMOR
  2. Marlon Brando – Marvin Gaye reportedly had a fling with actor Marlon Brando.
  3. Anna Gordy (1963-1973)​ – In June 1963, he married songwriter Anna Gordy but they separated in 1973. In November 1975, Anna filed for divorce which was finalized in 1977.
  4. Janis Hunter (1977-1979) – Gaye got married to Janis Hunter in October 1977 and they separated in 1979. They officially divorced in February 1981.

Note – He had 3 children – Marvin III, Nona, and Frankie. Marvin III was the biological son of Anna’s niece while Nona and Frankie were born to Gaye’s 2nd wife.

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Race / Ethnicity


He was of African-American descent.

Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Tenor voice range

Brand Endorsements

His song A Funky Space Reincarnation was used in a TV commercial for Christian Dior in 2006.

In 2012, his song Let’s Get It On was used in a TV commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


He was raised in a Pentecostalism household.

Marvin Gaye in 1973Marvin Gaye in 1973
Marvin Gaye in 1973 (Tamla / Billboard / Public Domain)

Marvin Gaye Facts

  1. After dropping out of high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force as a basic airman.
  2. He was friends with Diana Ross.
  3. Marvin Gaye’s body was cremated at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills and his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.
  4. On September 27, 1990, he was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
  5. His name has been used as the title of several hit songs like Big Sean‘s Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay and Charlie Puth‘s debut hit Marvin Gaye (ft. Meghan Trainor).
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Featured Image by Jim Britt / Motown Records / Public Domain

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