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Wikipedia Summary for Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; 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 hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul".

Gaye's Motown hits include "Ain't That Peculiar", "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". Gaye also recorded duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, and Diana Ross. During the 1970s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company. His later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. He was a tax exile in Europe in the early 1980s; he released "Sexual Healing" in 1982, a hit which won him his first two Grammy Awards on the album Midnight Love. Gaye's last televised appearances were at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game, where he sang "The Star-Spangled Banner"; Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; and Soul Train.

On April 1, 1984, the eve of his 45th birthday, Gaye was shot dead by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., at their house in West Adams, Los Angeles, after an argument. Gay Sr. later pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, and received a six-year suspended sentence and five years of probation. Many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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If you escape from people too often, you wind up escaping from yourself.

--Marvin Gaye
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The more I loved her, the more I hated her. And the more she loved me, the more I harmed myself.

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Do not be the proverbial crab in a bucket and make war with those around you! Work together and grow! Love! Live Life!

--Marvin Gaye
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I feel that people in Europe are different from Americans -- I think your soul is a little deeper.

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I'd had it as a member of a group. I sang with the Moonglows for two years, and that was enough.

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My father has a great voice. My father used to sing... just sing.

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They would say, 'Okay, do KP,' and I would say, 'Excuse me, but I can't do KP. I'll do it tomorrow if that's all right with you.' And they'd say, 'Hell no, it's not all right with us. You do KP.'

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God was very good to me as a child, and I'm a very blessed individual.

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I sing about life.

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Our church was a very spiritual church, and we were a very chosen people. The body was small, but the spirit was intense and very evident to anyone who passed by or came in.

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Give out some love and you'll find peace sublime.

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I think if I had to choose another profession, I'd like to be a judge because I'm very capable of determining what's right and what's not.

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Anger destroys your soul.

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I wish that being famous helped prevent me from being constipated.

--Marvin Gaye
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I'm hooked my friend to the boy who makes slaves out of men, and oh believe me, flying high in a friendly sky.

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Love your mother, she bore you. Love your father, he works for you.

--Marvin Gaye

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There are still times I feel unhappy and I must smile, and there are times I want to cry and I must laugh... people rarely see the real Marvin Gaye.

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When I get that feeling, I want some sexual healing.

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Music is one of the closest link-ups with God that we can probably experience. I think it's a common vibrating tone of the musical notes that holds all life together.

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For me, love carries the seeds of its own destruction.

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When I look at the world it fills me with sorrow, little children today are really going to suffer tomorrow.

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To be an artist is a blessing and a privilege. Artists must never betray their true hearts. Artists must look beneath the surface and show that there is more to this world than what meets the eye.

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Too busy thinking about my baby and I ain't got time for nothing else.

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I've never had any problems with women. Having been one of the world's greatest womanizers they've probably had more problems with me.

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The more I lived with Jan, the more I loved her, the more I made her miserable. It was a vicious cycle (page 209)……The more I loved her the more I hated her. And the more she loved me, the more I harmed myself (page 269).

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Every chance you get you seem to hurt me more and more, but each hurt makes my love stronger than before.

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If I do my job well, then God will smile on my offspring and on their offspring. I'm sure my father is seeing a blessing in me.

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War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate.

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Don't you know that there ain't no mountain high enough. Ain't no valley low enough, ain't no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you, baby.

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I think I've got a real love thing going. I love people, I love life, and I love nature, and I can't see why other people can't be like that.

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Let's save all the children, save the babies, save the babies.

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In a sense, the rumours suggesting I had quit were true: I had retired, but only from the personal-appearance end. I did that because I had always felt conspicuous onstage, and I'm not the sort of person who likes to be an exhibitionist.

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Crime is increasing, trigger happy policing. Panic is spreading, God knows where we're heading.

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It's what makes you happy in life, and to pursue it, I think, is brave and a wonderful thing. I don't care what people say. I just want to pursue what makes me happy.

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Don't you know how sweet and wonderful life can be?

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Politics and hypocrites is turning us all into lunatics.

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And givin' yourself to me can never be wrong.

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Mercy, mercy me, things ain't what they used to be.

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To share is precious, pure and fair.
Don't play with something you should cherish for life. Don't you wanna care, ain't it lonely out there?

--Marvin Gaye
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I am not going to be dictated to by fans, certainly. I am dictated enough to by my record company to last me a million years.

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Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.

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Who isn't fascinated by evil?

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I am not a star. At least, I don't consider myself a star.

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Music, not sex, got me aroused.

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Most fear stems from sin; to limit one's sins, one must assuredly limit one's fear, thereby bringing more peace to one's spirit.

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If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.

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Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking.

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Great artists suffer for the people.

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Negotiation means getting the best of your opponent.

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Negotiating means getting the best of your opponent.

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War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate.

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