- Covered Up: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." His version, the most famous, was the second recorded and the third released.
- "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". Considering that Gaye's father shot and killed him after an argument, it's fair to say that he violently disagreed with this statement.
- Growing the Beard: Literally and figuratively with What's Going On. Motown gave him more artistic freedom allowing him to show his maturity as a musician and he can be spotted with a beard on the cover after being clean shaven to help keep his image in his early Motown career.
- 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."
- 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.
- Signature Song: Either his cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "What's Going On", "Let's Get It On". or "Sexual Healing".
- 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 originally flopped and wasn't seen as being a very good album in the eyes of the public. Today, however, it's considered one of Gaye's best works.