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, U.S.
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 are model, singer, and actress Nona Gaye, and Marvin Gaye III. Marvin III is the half-brother of actress Bianca Lawson.
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.
Genealogy of Marvin Gaye (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com