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Marvin Gaye III


Facts of Marvin Gaye III

Full NameMarvin Gaye III
First NameMarvin
Last NameGaye III
ProfessionCelebrity Kid
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameMarvin Gaye
Father Professionsinger-songwriter
Mother NameDenise Gordy/Wendy Gaye
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseWendy Gaye
SibilingsNona Gaye and Frankie Gaye
Date of BirthNovember 17,1965
Age58 years

Marvin Gaye III is the son of singer-songwriter and musician, Marvin Gaye

His father was such a great musician that he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Is He Married?

He is married to his partner Wendy Gaye

The details related to his wedding date and venue have not yet been disclosed. 

His father, Marvin Gaye, has been married twice. First, he was married to Anna Gordy Gaye

The husband and wife were together for 13 years from 1963 to 1977.

Marvin Gaye III’s father, Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy.
Marvin Gaye III’s father, Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy. (Source:

After his divorce, he tied the wedding knot with Jan Gaye in 1977. The husband and wife were blessed with two children

Their relationship did not last forever as they got separated in 1981

The reason behind their separation was open marriage, domestic abuse, and drug dependence

Marvin Gaye III’s father, Marvin, with his second wife.
Marvin Gaye III’s father, Marvin, with his second wife. (Source:

His Siblings

He has two siblings, namely Nona Gaye and Frankie Gaye

Nona is the daughter of Marvin Gaye and his second wife, Jan Gaye. She is a well-known celebrity now. 

She is a singer and an actress. She has appeared in T.V. shows like Law & Order and Criminal Intent.

Marvin Gaye III’s sister, Nona.
Marvin Gaye III’s sister, Nona. (Source:

Just like Nona, Frankie, too, was born to parents Marvin Gaye and Jan Gaye

However, he is not as famous as his sister. 

Is He Adopted? Who Is His Mother?

He was adopted by Marvin Gaye and his first wife, Anna

His birth mother is Denise Gordy, the niece of Anna Gordy.  

At the time of his birth, his mother was only 15 years old

His father could have been jailed for statutory rape if anyone had found out that Marvin was the father. 

Marvin Gaye III’s real mother, Denise.
Marvin Gaye III’s real mother, Denise.  (Source:

Later it was reported that Marvin and Anna arranged the whole thing because Anna could not conceive at that time. 

Anna faked her pregnancy the entire time and claimed that she had given birth to Marvin Gaye III. 

The truth was later revealed by Marvin Gaye in his biography, Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye

It was mentioned in the book that their son was adopted. 

Marvin Gaye III came to know about his true identity after the release of the book in 1985

Marvin Gaye III’s late father interview you can’t miss 

No one could ever forget Marvin Gaye, a talented person who invested a lot in the music industry. Late Marvin told how music is his entire life. 

He loved music to the core. Later, he included that if he weren’t a musician, he would be an artist because it would make people feel better.

Furthermore, his mom shared that she feels really happy and proud when the audience praises him for his work and shouts during his concerts. 

She also said she looks at the audience along with enjoying her son’s performance. 

Surprising facts you were unaware of Marvin

Here, we will take a look at the background of his earlier period. Well, starting with his teenage years, Marvin participated in the Air Force

Moreover, he ran away from his own house to be in the U.S. Air force. How many of you know about him being a part of a Boy Band

He also joined the vocal group name The New Moonglows. He got an opportunity to share the stage with great singers, one of which is Chuck Berry.

Nevertheless, Marvin was also a Motown Drummer. Yes, he has spent most years being a drummer for The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Stevie Wonder, and many more. 

Also, the demise of Tammi Terrell almost brought Marvin’s career to an end. Elaborating it a bit, he made a promise that he was never going to sing with another person on stage or in general. 

Another interesting fact about our great legend Marvin is that he also had a keen interest in the National Football League (NFL). Lastly, he had tried to kill himself thrice as the man was suffering from substance abuse and depression.

Highs and lows of his career 

Gaye III is an entrepreneur, singer, songwriter, and producer but motocross was something he loved which he still loves. 

He used to race motocross while growing up and was a number 2 motocross racer on the West Coast

According to him, if he would have kept racing, he would have been the first black professional motocross racer. In high school, he was making $10000 a year just by racing. 

It was something he loved doing, and it’s never working when you are doing something you love, says Gaye III

But his life took a different turn following the tragic incidents that occurred, including the unfortunate tragic death of his father. He then went to school to be a doctor. 

He wanted to become an Anesthesiologist, but eventually, every road led to music. 

When he first signed his first record at RCA, he got his first confirmation of what he was supposed to do. 

But unfortunately, it was short-lived because BMG had just bought RCA out, so the label was shut down, and he was out of his contract at the time, after which Capitol picked him right up. 

He was around the studio, seeing what he could do. It was a high point, but within months, he had to figure out and find his way around. 

Even though Berry Gordy was his uncle, he chose RCA, not Motown, because he wanted to do something on his own. He says, 

“if you want to do something and want respect and stuff, then you have to do things on your own, and if you can make it happen, you get all the respect of the world.” 

According to him, he went to Capitol, which was the lowest point that he still thinks about a lot of time because he could have possibly done things differently. 

He had a nice record deal and flew all over the world and worked with some of the best producers, and recorded a fantastic album. 

At the time, the album was about to be mixed, and Nirvana was doing well. The new president of the label wanted all Nirvana stuff, so he shut down the whole A &R black division

Everyone was worried, and he kept saying to himself that Hammer, who at the time had sold two million albums if he goes then was going to have a problem. 

Months passed by, and they were going to mix the album Hammer got fired, and his worry started to grow intense. 

Although his representatives had assured him that everything was fine, after no more than a week, everyone just disappeared. 

He sat down on the label and didn’t even get a release. Later, he got to know from his attorney that the label was being restructured. 

Since he had already waited for four months, he asked his attorney if he could get a release, to which they said they do not handle any of the label business. 

Still, when the attorney looked up the budget for the album and everything, and when he looked at the numbers, he was like there were no returns since the album had not been put out yet. 

He said to him that since the number was high and that they were trying to cut corners at the time, he could help him to get a release. 

According to Gaye III, Capitol would not let him release any of his material so he could have a decent demo or anything, so it was hard for him to shop another deal with no demo tape except for the one he did with RCA, which was five years before that and wasn’t a representative of anything that he was doing at that point so it was very tough for him and also the record business was changing due to which he could not get any of the deal that he felt comfortable with. 

Then after, he went back to college to get a degree changing his A.A (Associate in Arts) degree to business and computer science. 

Then he eventually became the father of two and changed the whole scope of things. There was no way to raise a family, so he decided to do something else. 

He went back to riding and racing a motorcycle, not professionally but weekend racing and tried becoming a family man. 

He was upset but couldn’t feel defeated because to do something different was his decision. 

He spent a decade dedicated to doing something which unfortunately did not work out the way he wanted to, so he kept doing things he loved. 

He worked at Motown for several years doing different things, which kind of gave him the confidence to start his label and do his things. 

But it was not possible right away because a bit of money was needed to do an album and everything else for which he worked for several years to get in the position he wanted to be in. 

He later went to produce MG3 Entertainment International.

Net Worth

Marvin Gaye had a net worth in the minus figure at the time of his death. He had a net worth of -$9 million

How Did He Lose His Money?

He filed for bankruptcy after his divorce from his first wife, Anna. He owed $600000 in alimony payments to his wife. 

To cover the amount, he gave her the rights to his album “Here, My Dear.”

Despite giving continuity to recording albums, he could not get away from his financial problems. 

He had to sell his music royalty rights to Motown Records. He owed most of his debt to IRS for unpaid taxes

After his death, IRS received around $1 million per year from the royalties earned by his estate

Marvin is not the only person who lost all his money. There are other celebrities, too, who lost their money. 

Below is the list of those celebrities and their respective net worth:

NameNet Worth
Kim Basinger$40 million
Meat Loaf$45 million
Willie Nelson $25 million
Dennis Rodman$500 thousand 
Cyndi Lauper$50 million


  1. His music video titled Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, which was released in 2013, resurfaced the social media in 2019.
  2. Marvin Gaye was shot by his father after a heated argument.

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Updated On Mon Apr 18 2022 Published On Tue Jun 23 2020 By shaumya

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