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Marvin Gaye, Singer, Would Have Celebrated 73rd Birthday

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/ 2/2012 5:42 pm Updated: 04/ 2/2012 5:42 pm

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye, the Motown recording artist whose smooth voice captured Americans in the 80s, would have celebrated his 73rd birthday today, had he been alive.

Gaye died in Los Angeles on April 1, 1984, one day before his 45th birthday, after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. The singer's father was arrested for the shooting, and he later pleaded no contest.

In his decade-long career, Gaye won several Grammy and American Music awards. He also won several NAACP Image Awards. At the height of his fame, Gaye released "Let's Get It On," and "Sexual Healing." He also sang a widely popular duet "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with Tammi Terrell.

Even after his death, Gaye's music continues to influence today's record artists. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Gaye as number six on its "Greatest Singers of All Time" list and number 18 on the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list.

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  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    Marvin Gaye sings "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with Tammi Terrell.

  • Let's Get It On

    Marvin Gaye performs one of his most widely known songs, "Let's Get It On."

  • What's Going On?

    Marvin Gaye's song about police brutality was named <a href="" target="_hplink">the fourth greatest song of all time</a> by Rolling Stone magazine.

  • Sexual Healing

    Marvin Gaye's sensual love lyrics became one of America's most popular songs throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Let's Play Ball

    Marvin Gaye sung theAmerican National Anthem at 1983 NBA All Star Game.

  • Have Mercy

    "The Ecology," Marvin Gaye's song most referred to as "Mercy Mercy Me" hit the U.S. Billboard Pop Music chart at #4. Here he performs the song in Switzerland in July 1980.

  • Inner City Blues

    Marvin Gaye entertains the crowd with a socially conscious song about inner city living in America.

  • A Funky Space Reincarnation

    Marvin Gaye performs his futuristic space single in Switzerland.

  • I Want You

    Marvin Gaye relaxes on the couch and sings the 1976 song "I Want You" from his I Want You album