Marvin Gaye was an American singer, song writer and record producer known as the "Prince of Soul" for his contributions to Motown music. His musical career which span from a stint with a group he co-founded in the late 50's named, "The Marquees" to playing solo music performances in the 60's to 70's propelled him to become one of the most successful and talented musician in his generation. Sadly, in 1984 his life ended after his father fatally shot him. He was 44 years old. Since his death, he received several awards posthumously which includes the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.