Marvin Gaye was born on April 2 1939 , and raised under the strict of Reverend Marvin Gaye Sr.
Gaye often found peace in music, mastering the piano and drums at a young age. Until high school, his singing experience was limited to church revivals, but soon he developed a love for R&B and doo-wop that would set the foundation for his career.
In the late 1950s, Gaye joined a vocal group called The New Moonglows.
He was a session drummer for Motown legends such as Stevie Wonder , the Supremes , The Marvelettes and and the Vandellas.
For three high-flying years, Gaye and Tammi Terrell wowed the country with their soaring duet performances of songs like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You."
April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye Sr. shot and killed his son after a physical altercation; the father claimed he acted in self-defense but would later be convicted of involuntary manslaughter.