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He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, but his story is a story of family turmoil ending in tragedy.
Gaye demanded full creative control over the 'What's Going On?' album and it became his first million-seller, earning him two Grammy awards for his troubles. In 1971 he signed a new $1 million deal with Motown, the highest ever for any black recording artist at the time. However, his personal life at the time was turbulent and laced with scandal. Having left wife Anna Gordy, he sought a 17-year-old lover named Janice, whom he had three children with in the midst of cocaine binges.
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