Born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. on April 2, 1939 in Washington DC. Fatally shot by his father after a quarrel on April 1, 1984 (one day before his 45th birthday) in Los Angeles.

According to a documentary on the life of Marvin, his father felt that he was possessed with demons and wanted him to stop singing what he termed the ‘devil’s music’.

Marvin was a man ahead of his time and a lot of his music reflected the social issues of his day, some of which are still relevant to this very day.

Like this song “Save The Children” that was never released as a single, but the message is so powerful and will forever stand the test of time.