Born on April 2 1939 in Washington DC. Was named after his father.
Grew up poor and in a segregated sections of Washington. Their father drank heavily and enforce strict religouis discipline
At 3 he began singing gospel hymns. In high school he studied drums, piano, and guitar. And dropped out to join the Airforce but was not military material . CAme back and started sing rhythm and blues
Later formed his own group ¨The Marquees¨ Gaye worked as a dishwasher to make money ends. EVetually a music promoter noticed him.
Gaye became a somewhat enigmatic public personality, a characteristic that defied the developing Motown approach
Gaye reportedly exhibited erratic personal behavior and an increased dependence on cocaine.Finally, on April 1, 1984, Gaye and his father reportedly got into an argument about money, and things turned violent. Marvin Gay, Sr. shot his son twice, at close range, with a .38 caliber revolver.