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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.
After he escaped authority for the second time, Gaye sang in a vocal quartet named The Marquees around the DC area. The group achieved no real success and when they disintegrated in 1960, Gaye moved to Detroit where he performed at infamous president Berry Gordon's house. Gordy was impressed and bought Gaye's contract.
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