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War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate.
Birthdate :April 2, 1939
Sign : Aries
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Marvin Gaye Timeline
1957Was honorably discharged from the US Air Force in 1957.
1959Discovered by Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows. Fuqua took Gaye into the group in 1959 and about a year later brought him to Motown.
1970He was so devastated by the death of singer Tammi Terrell in 1970 that he didn't record any new material or appear on stage for three years.
1971Lobbied Motown Records in 1971 for creative control on albums (as did Stevie Wonder). The first result was "What's Goin' On".
1973His 1973 hit "Let's Get It On" was originally written as a political song.
1981Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 311-313. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
1983Spandau Ballet songwriter Gary Kemp is a fan of Gaye's and mentioned him in the band's massive 1983 hit "True".
1998Marillion singer Steve Hogarth counts Gaye as one of his favorite vocalists and in 1998 the band covered his classic song "Abraham, Martin & John" for their live album "Unplugged at the Walls".
1998His father, Marvin Pentz Gay, Sr., died in a nursing home at the age of 84 in October, 1998. Marvin Sr. had pleaded no contest and received five years probation for the murder of Marvin Jr.
2008Voted the sixth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.