American singer-songwriter and musician Marvin Gaye.
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Family, friends and fans of Marvin Gaye came together Wednesday to pay joyful hommage the late Motown legend and native Washingtonian on what would have been his 75th birthday.Performing as well were members of Gaye's very first combo, the Marquees, a doo-wop quartet that came together in 1959 in the Washington basement recording studio of pioneering rhythm and blues guitarist Bo Diddley.In the 1970s, reflecting the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war, Gaye's music took a sharp political and social turn with powerful chart-toppers like "What's Going On" and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)".But in his private life, Gaye suffered a tortured relationship with his father Marvin Gay (the "e" was added by the son), a fringe-church clergyman in Washington who had no qualms brutally beating his children.Gay died in 1998, aged 84, but not before fathering, by another woman, the last of his five children, Antwaun Carey Gay, who until a few years ago kept his kinship with his famous brother -- who he never met -- a secret.
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