Marvin Gaye

1939 - 1984

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Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., who also spelled his surname as Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer and songwriter. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of successes, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". Gaye's Motown songs include "Ain't That Peculiar", "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marvin Gaye has received more than 15,541,067 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Marvin Gaye is the 53rd most popular singer (down from 47th in 2019), the 352nd most popular biography from United States (down from 288th in 2019) and the 24th most popular American Singer.

Marvin Gaye is most famous for his music. He was a singer and songwriter who had many hit songs in the 1960s. He was also a successful Motown artist.

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Among singers, Marvin Gaye ranks 53 out of 3,541Before him are Agnetha Fältskog, Stevie Wonder, Toto Cutugno, Kurt Cobain, Sarah Vaughan, and Joe Dassin. After him are Albano Carrisi, Art Garfunkel, Constanze Mozart, Carlos Gardel, Little Richard, and Jennifer Lopez.

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Among people born in 1939, Marvin Gaye ranks 15Before him are Amos Oz, Harvey Keitel, Amanda Lear, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Giovanni Trapattoni, and Margaret Atwood. After him are George Lazenby, Ralph Lauren, Richard Kiel, Giovanni Falcone, Paul Hogan, and Karel Gott. Among people deceased in 1984, Marvin Gaye ranks 13Before him are Paul Dirac, Johnny Weissmuller, Ed Gein, Truman Capote, Martin Niemöller, and Mikhail Sholokhov. After him are Tigran Petrosian, Julio Cortázar, Anna Anderson, Oleg Antonov, Alfred Kastler, and Mohamed Naguib.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Marvin Gaye ranks 352 out of 15,968Before him are Richard Bach (1936), Charlie Parker (1920), Mary Cassatt (1844), Sarah Vaughan (1924), Rachel Carson (1907), and Joe Dassin (1938). After him are Anthony Perkins (1932), Henry Clay (1777), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Isaac Singer (1811), and P. T. Barnum (1810).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Marvin Gaye ranks 24Before him are Ella Fitzgerald (1917), Eminem (1972), Stevie Wonder (1950), Kurt Cobain (1967), Sarah Vaughan (1924), and Joe Dassin (1938). After him are Art Garfunkel (1941), Little Richard (1932), Jennifer Lopez (1969), Glen Campbell (1936), The Notorious B.I.G. (1972), and 50 Cent (1975).