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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 R&B and soul 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 17,967,010 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Marvin Gaye is the 114th most popular singer (down from 53rd in 2019), the 751st most popular biography from United States (down from 352nd in 2019) and the 42nd 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 114 out of 3,528Before him are Lata Mangeshkar, Françoise Hardy, Roy Orbison, Renata Tebaldi, Dolly Parton, and Domenico Modugno. After him are Annie Lennox, Carmen Miranda, Harry Belafonte, Bryan Adams, Maria Malibran, and Eric Burdon.

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Among people born in 1939, Marvin Gaye ranks 36Before him are Tzvetan Todorov, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Ricardo Bofill, Wes Craven, Jorge Sampaio, and Romano Prodi. After him are Paul Hogan, Ray Manzarek, Kenzō Takada, Peter Bogdanovich, Michael Cimino, and Henry Mintzberg. Among people deceased in 1984, Marvin Gaye ranks 21Before him are Tigran Petrosian, Mohamed Naguib, Stanley Milgram, Dmitry Ustinov, Anna Anderson, and Karl Wolff. After him are Oleg Antonov, Pyotr Kapitsa, Carl Ferdinand Cori, Sam Peckinpah, Philippe Ariès, and Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Marvin Gaye ranks 751 out of 18,182Before him are Tippi Hedren (1930), Edward Norton (1969), Burgess Meredith (1907), Alice Cooper (1948), Buckminster Fuller (1895), and Mark Hamill (1951). After him are Tobin Bell (1942), H. L. Mencken (1880), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), John Searle (1932), Woody Harrelson (1961), and Steve Reich (1936).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Marvin Gaye ranks 42Before him are Gloria Gaynor (1947), Donna Summer (1948), Nancy Sinatra (1940), Bing Crosby (1903), Roy Orbison (1936), and Dolly Parton (1946). After him are Harry Belafonte (1927), Jon Bon Jovi (1962), Britney Spears (1981), John Lee Hooker (1917), Kris Kristofferson (1936), and Little Richard (1932).