Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., better known by his stage name Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ April 1, 1984) was an American singer-songwriter and instrumentalist with a three-octave vocal range. Billboard: Marvin Gaye Starting as a member of the doo-wop group The Moonglows in the late fifties, he ventured into a solo career after the group disbanded in 1960 signing with the Tamla subsidiary of Motown Records. After starting off as a session drummer, Gaye ranked as the label's top-selling solo artist during the sixties.Due to solo hits including "How Sweet It Is ", "Ain't That Peculiar", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and his duet singles with singers such as Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, he was crowned "The Prince of Motown" and "The Prince of Soul".Notable for fighting the hit-making but restrictive Motown process in which performers and songwriters and producers were kept separate,Garofalo, pgs. 261Ã¢â‚¬â€œ262 Gaye proved with albums like his 1971 What's Going On and his 1973 Let'
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