The life of the founder member of the Supremes was filled all too briefly with adulation before it was cut short so sadly.
Only a year after Gladys Knight and the Pips took it to the top of the R&B chart, Marvin made 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' his for keeps.
Motown's inspired decision to release the three-year-old 'Tears Of A Clown' as a UK 45 led it to No. 1 in Britain and a belated US release.
On 21 November 1964, Gaye entered the Hot 100 with what would would become a new crossover success, but a UK entry for just one week on 12 December.
'Temptin' Temptations' was the second in the group's incredible sequence of ten consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard R&B chart.
Among the artists featured in the visually stunning series are the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and the Temptations.
Fuelled by ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You,' the soundtrack album gave Stevie another US R&B No. 1 and ended Prince's supremacy with 'Purple Rain.'
What Gaye did after 'What's Going On,' far from trying to repeat its sound, was to branch out into a blaxploitation movie soundtrack.
The group's second and final R&B No. 1 album 'Special Occasion' came nearly three years after the first.
The chequered story of I Heard It Through The Grapevine included Gladys and the group's R&B No. 1 version, before Marvin took ownership of the song.
Remembering when Motown’s most successful female act and the label’s biggest male group came together on album.
The Holland-Dozier-Holland magic started working again with the group's third smash in a row.
“By honouring me, you are also honouring the entire Motown family – those who make Motown what it is today.”
By 1970, it was time for a second seasonal album offering from Smokey Robinson and the group.
The group performed their new Holland-Dozier-Holland song on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' but it peaked at No. 9 in the US.
The Whitfield-Strong song matched a typically socially aware lyric with a busy, funky, brass-fuelled beat.