Smooth Facts About The Life Of Marvin Gaye

Jackson Sawa | November 1, 2019 4:08 pm

A pioneer of music in the 1960s, Marvin Gaye established himself as an icon of Motown Records. Appropriately, his musical abilities as a soul performer earned him the titles of the “Prince of Motown” as well as the “Prince of Soul.” Coming from a rough upbringing, Gaye managed to grow to become not only one of the most prominent and successful singer-songwriters of his time but for generations to come. Take a look at the exciting, albeit tragic, life of Marvin Gaye, and what made him such a legendary music figure.

He Joined The Air Force

Beginning as a young boy, Gaye had an incredibly volatile relationship with his father. Gaye described living with his dad as “Living with a king, a very peculiar, changeable, cruel, and all-powerful king.” Their relationship had not changed much by the time Gaye was 17, so he dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Air Force as a basic airman in 1956.

Marvin Gaye posing for a portrait picture
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PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Discovering that most of his time was spent doing boring tasks, he faked an illness and was released under a General Discharge shortly after. However, his sergeant claims the reason he was discharged was his refusal to follow orders.