Motown Records star Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Gay Jr.) was born in Washington, D.C.
Known for the chart-topping hits “What’s Going On?,” “Heard It Through the Grapevine” and the sexually suggestive “Let’s Get It On,” Gaye’s tune writing centered on social ills, romance and extra (Gaye publicly struggled with a cocaine habit).
Despite a comeback tour and new album within the early Eighties, Gaye’s private troubles continued to develop. He was tragically shot useless by his father following an argument on April 1, 1984, someday earlier than his forty fifth birthday.
Gaye was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.