Marvin Gaye – April 2

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There are still times I feel unhappy and I must smile, and there are times I want to cry and I must laugh… people rarely see the real Marvin Gaye.”

Marvin Gaye, born April 2, 1939 in  Washington D.C.,  was an American song writer, singer (with a 3-octave range), and Motown Records’ top-selling solo artist during the 1960’s.  Known as “The Prince of Motown” and “The Prince of Soul,” Gaye’s hits included “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”  The day before his 45th birthday in 1984, he was shot to death by his father in Los Angeles. In 1987 he was posthumously added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2008 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #6 on its list of Greatest Singers of All Time and #18 on 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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