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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Marvin Gaye Sr. Agrees to Plea Agreement in Shooting Death of his Son - 1984
On this date in 1984, Marvin Gay Sr. agrees to a plea
bargain agreement that will keep him out of jail for shooting his son, singer
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Gaye's
70-year-old father agreed to plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter after
an investigation into the shooting revealed that he had received massive
bruises from the violent argument. In addition, Gaye, who was to turn 45 the
next day, had cocaine in his system. Marvin Gay Sr. served five years probation
and died in 1998. Marvin Gaye, who added the "e" to his name when he
broke into show business, was one of Motown's biggest stars with massive hits
such as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "What's Going
On," and "Sexual Healing." He was also the third acclaimed soul
singer of the 1960s to die a premature and tragic death. Sam Cooke ("You
Send Me," "Cupid"), who had just crossed over into becoming a
mainstream star, was shot to death in December 1964 outside a Los Angeles
motel. And Otis Redding, one of the finest rhythm and blues singers, perished
in a 1967 plane crash, right before his "Dock of the Bay" became a
No. 1 hit. A popular singer throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, Gaye's
career hit a lull during the disco era. But, just prior to his death, he had
made a comeback with one of his biggest-selling albums, Midnight Love.