Marvin Gaye Jr.

R&B/Soul Music


Marvin was born in Washington DC in 1939 and grew up singing the in church. His dad, a reverend at his church, was very strict. Until high school, Marvin's experience of singing was very limited.

In the 1950's he joined a group call The New Moonglows. Marvin and the group leader Faqua signed with Berry Gordy's Motown's Records. Marvin sang duets with Diana Ross, Mary Wells and the most famous one with Tammi Terrell. They sang "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "If I Could Build My World Around You." But that ended in 1970 when she died of a brain tumor. This was a big lost for Marvin and said that he would never sing again with female artist.

He came back with the song "Sexual Healing" which was a number 1 Billboard hit. But he was depressed and got into substance abuse. After his last tour he went back to live with his parents. He and his father got into a lot of domestic violence acts. On April 1, 1984 Marvin Sr. shot and killed Marvin Jr. Marvin Sr. got convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Marvin Gaye Jr. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. He won 4 Grammy’s and 5 other awards. One of his big contributions to R&B music was when he sang about the Vietnam War. This was his first risk he took and it paid off. So he continued to take more risks which paved the way for Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

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Event Into Fame

The first event that made him famous was the signing to Motown's Record label in the 1970's. The second event that made him famous was when he released the song "Sexual Healing."


"Lets Get It On"

"Got To Give It UP"

"Sexual Healing"

"What's Going On"


"I Want You"

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

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What's Going On

Greatest Hits

Midnight Love

Here, My Dear

Trouble Man


Catchy rhythms

Hand clapping

Influenced by Rock, music of Africa and Gospel


Ain't No Mountain High Enough (extra HQ) - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

S- 2 main vocals, backup vocals, tambourine, bass, electric guitar, drum set, string, piano

H- backup vocals, tambourine, bass, electric guitar, drum set, string, piano

M- 2 main vocals

R- moderate, 4

G- moderate, loud, soft, hill

intro, verse 1, chorus, verse 2 , chorus, bridge, verse 3, chorus, outro

R&B/ Soul

Citations A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.

"Marvin Gaye." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.