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    • Marvin's album What's Going On was reviewed as being "the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music, delivered by one of its finest voices." by John Bush.

    • All through his career, 60 of Marvin's singles made it to the Top 40 R&B singles chart and 38 out those 60 made it to the Top 10.

    • In 1990, Marvin was given posthumously his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • Fallowing the September 11 tragedy and the worldwide AIDS epidemy, Jermain Dupri produced a cover of Marvin's What's Going On which was released as a benefit single and credited to "Artist Against AIDS Worldwide". The song featured numerous artist such as Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, N*Sync, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado and many more.

    • Gaye was also honoured in 1999 with a second tribute album, Marvin Is 60. The album featured R&B artists such as Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo and Will Downing.

    • In 1995, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Nona Gaye and other artists honoured Gaye with a tribute album called Inner City Blues: The Music Of Marvin Gaye.

    • Marvin and Tammi Terrell's song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" was covered by R&B singer Diana Ross and by performer Michael McDonald.

    • Marvin Gaye's song I Heard it Through the Grapevine is ranked #38 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.

    • Marvin was seventeen years younger than his first wife, Jan Gaye, seventeen years older than his second, Ana Gordy Gaye.

    • Marvin is the brother of R&B singer/songwritter Frankie Gaye.

    • Marvin is the father of singer/actress Nona Gaye.

    • According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Marvin was one of the greatest Rock 'n' Roll artist of all time.

    • Born as Marvin Gay, he added the "e" to the end of his last name because he thought it looked more professional.

    • Marvin died the day before his 45th birthday.

    • Marvin second spouse was Jan Gaye. They got married in October 1977 and divorced in February 1981. They had 2 children together.

    • Marvin first spouse was Anna Gordy Gaye. They got married in 1961, gave birth to 1 child and divorced in 1975.

    • Marvin was 6'1" (1.85m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Marvin: I sing about life.

    • Marvin: Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking.

    • Marvin: I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.

    • Marvin: Great artists suffer for the people.