Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Anna Gordy Gaye | Motown figure, 92

Anna Gordy Gaye, 92, a crucial force in Motown's rise and an ex-wife of Marvin Gaye, died Friday, a Motown representative confirmed.

The Georgia-born Anna Gordy, the third-oldest of the eight children in Detroit's entrepreneurial Gordy family is survived by brothers Berry Gordy Jr. and Robert Gordy.

Her name was emblazoned on some of Berry Gordy's earliest record productions via the Anna Records label, which she founded in 1958 with sister Gwen Gordy. The label was formally absorbed into Berry Gordy's Motown Records in 1961, several months after notching its biggest national hit, "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong.

In 1963, at age 41, she wed 24-year-old Marvin Gaye. She was the inspiration for the singer's first Top 10 pop hit, 1963's "Pride and Joy."

She occasionally contributed to Marvin Gaye's songwriting, including a pair of compositions on his career-defining 1971 album, What's Going On.

They had one son, Marvin Gaye III, born in 1966.

The couple's 1976 divorce fueled Marvin Gaye's album Here, My Dear, including the track "Anna's Song." The two reconciled before Gaye's 1984 death. - Detroit Free Press

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