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Did you know that Marvin Gaye's surname was actually Gay when he born and he decided to change it later in life? Did you know that he began singing in church when he was just four years old? Did you know that he dropped out of school because he left home during his teens? Find out lots of interesting facts about the life and career of this famous black American musician.

Fun Fact 1 Marvin Gaye was a successful American musician, singer songwriter and producer in the music business.

Fun Fact 2 Marvin Gaye was born April 2nd, 1939 in Washington in the United States of America.

Fun Fact 3: Marvin Gaye achieved outstanding success in the music business with songs such as How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and I Heard It Through the Grapevine - two very popular songs which are still played in countries across the world today.

Fun Fact 4: Marvin Gaye was nicknamed the Prince of Motown because he helped to develop the type of songs and music produced by Motown Records.

Fun Fact 5: Marvin Gaye was also nicknamed the Prince of Soul. He successfully produced and sold a range of different genres of music including soul, R&B, funk, jazz, pop and blues.

Fun Fact 6: Marvin Gaye's parents were called Marvin Gay, Sr. and Alberta Gay. He was one of six children, having 3 brothers called Michael, Frankie and Antwaun, and 2 sisters called Jeanne and Zeola.

Fun Fact 7: Marvin Gaye suffered a difficult childhood as his father was violent and abusive towards him. His mother was much nicer and she encouraged his musical talents.

Fun Fact 8: Marvin Gaye attended a high school in Washington D.C. called Cardozo High School. His musical talents had started to show at a very young age when he began singing in church at the age of four. During his high school years, he joined various vocal groups.

Fun Fact 9: Marvin Gaye left High School early because he fell out with his father and left home. He joined the US Air Force for a short time as a basic airman.

Fun Fact 10: Marvin Gaye formed a group called The Marquees with his friend Reese Palmer. The group was later renamed Harvey and the New Moonglows and they relocated to Chicago where they recorded several songs, including Marvin's first lead vocal recording 'Mama Loocie'.

Fun Fact 11: Harvey and the New Moonglows worked with various musicians including Chuck Berry before they eventually parted their ways and Marvin moved to Detroit where he would become recognized by Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown label.

Fun Fact 12: Marvin Gaye released his first single under Motown in 1961. It was called 'Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide'. He didn't achieve much success until in the following year when he co-wrote 'Beechwood 4-5789' for the Marvelettes and released a hit solo gong called 'Stubborn Kind of Fellow'.

Fun Fact 13: Marvin Gaye worked with other artists including Mary Wells, Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell. He released a number of duets including Ain't No Mountain High Enough, 'Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing and You're All I Need to Get By. Songs which I recognized across the world today!

Fun Fact 14: Marvin Gaye died on April 1st, 1984, one day before his birthday. His reason for his death is very sad and shocking. He was killed by his father who shot him twice.

Fun Fact 15: Marvin Gaye had three children called Marvin III, Nona and Frankie. At his time of death, he also had three grandsons called Marvin IV, Nolan and Dylan.

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