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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.
Before the release of his debut single on Motown, Gaye, who was still known as Gay at the time, began to be teased about his surname. 'Is Marvin Gay?' was the question going around Motown. To quash any rumours about his sexuality - in a still very homophobic 1960s period - and to add further distance between himself and his father, Gay added an e to his surname, and Marvin Gaye as we know him was born.
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