Marvin Penz Gay Jnr. Marvin Gaye's contribution to Black Music over the past five decades is immeasurable. Born on the 2nd of April , Washington, D. Marvin was the second eldest of the Gay siblings, and was named after his father. The influence of the church in his early years played a formative role in his musical career, particularly from the 70's onwards, when his songwriting shifted back and forth between mainstream and religious topics. Marvin abandoned a place in his father's church choir and i n , he joined the Marquees, who recorded for Chess under the guidance of Bo Diddley. The following year the group was taken under the wing of producer and singer Harvey Fuqua , who utilised them to reform his doo-wop outfit the Moonglows. When Harvey moved to Detroit in , Marvin went with him.
Class of 1987
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