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YMMV: Marvin Gaye
  • Covered Up: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." His version, the most famous, was the second recorded and the third released.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Killed on April Fools' Day.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: From "What's Going On": "Father, father, we don't need to escalate / You see, war is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate". Gaye's father killed him after an argument.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: No one can say for sure, but it's entirely possible that Marvin Gaye was suicidal, and allowed his father to kill him. According to Marvin's brother, his last words were:
    "I got what I wanted... I couldn't do it myself, so I had him do it... it's good, I ran my race, there's no more left in me."
  • Magnum Opus: What's Going On, where Gaye aimed to make every song on the album a potential single.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Songs like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Let's Get It On" and "Sexual Healing" (among others) have all become such standard verbal and/or musical references, it's easy to forget they're also really good songs.
  • Unfortunate Names: Yeah, jokes about his last name are pretty much inescapable. Worse still, he was born as Marvin Gay Jr.
  • Vindicated by History: Here, My Dear was not initially successful but has since come to be regarded as one of Gaye's best albums.

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