Marvin Gaye

by ethnic on May 17, 2010

Birth Name: Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr.

Date of Birth: April 2, 1939

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Death: April 1, 1984

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

Ethnicity: African-American

Marvin Gaye was an American soul singer, songwriter, and musician. He was the son of Alberta Williams (Cooper) and Marvin Pentz Gay. Marvin was married to businessperson and musician Anna Gordy Gaye, who was the sister of producer Berry Gordy; and to Janis Hunter. Among his three children is model, singer, and actress Nona Gaye.

Marvin’s paternal grandfather was George Gay (the son of Strawden Gay and Rebecca Hardin or Susan Fuller). George was born in Kentucky.

Marvin’s paternal grandmother was Marnie/Mamie Mae Watkins (the daughter of Dan/Daniel Watkins and Charlotte Smith). Marnie was born in Kentucky.

Marvin’s maternal grandfather was Sam or John Cooper (the son of Sally Cooper). Sam was born in North Carolina. Sally’s partner, Marvin’s great-grandfather, was said to be white. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Marvin’s maternal grandmother was named Ruth or Lucy Smith. Lucy was born in North Carolina.

Sources: Genealogies of Marvin Gaye –

Genealogy of Marvin Gaye (focusing on his father’s side) –

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andrew July 31, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Also, according to, his maternal grandfather was the son of an undefined “white man” and of Sally Cooper

follers July 21, 2017 at 11:57 am

Ethnic, is there a picture, please? I thought I might’ve asked before and you said no, but I don’t see the question here.

ethnic July 25, 2017 at 7:59 am

no luck on that one.

andrew July 21, 2017 at 4:16 am
andrew March 14, 2016 at 4:22 am
sadie April 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm

He was an amazing singer. I loved his music. It is too bad he left this earth way way too soon. He was a sexy man. R.I.P.

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