Thank you for registering! Click the link to confirm your email address. Please check your spam folder for the email, if it does not arrive, click this link Sure, Berry Gordy set them, and sometimes — in the s, often — the singer fell into line. A year-old Marvin Gaye, photographed on his first visit to the U. In turn, Motown Records has been giving the wo Thank you for signing up!
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He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, earning him the nicknames "Prince of Motown" and "Prince of Soul". During the s, Gaye recorded the albums What's Going On and Let's Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of a production company. Gaye was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. His first home was in a public housing project,  the Fairfax Apartments  now demolished at 1st Street SW in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. Most buildings were small, in extensive disrepair, and lacked both electricity and running water. The alleys were full of one- and two-story shacks, and nearly every dwelling was overcrowded. Gaye was the second oldest of the couple's four children.