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". Considering that Gaye's father shot and killed him after an argument, it's fair to say that he violently disagreed with this statement.
  • 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.
  • Memetic Sex God: Practically every male R&B sex ballad singer owes something to Marvin.
  • 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" 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.