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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 joined many doo-wop singing groups in high school, but his relations with his abusive father grew worse as Gaye progressed through adolescence. After being kicked out of the house more than once, 17-year-old Gaye dropped out of high school and joined the US Air Force. But his problems with patriarchal authority were already in place and he quickly grew frustrated with the menial tasks he was forced to perform. To get himself out, he faked a mental illness.
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