Anna Gordy Gaye

Musician and Businesswoman
Born Dec 12, 1921

Anna Gordy Gaye, born Anna Ruby Gordy, is an American businesswoman, composer and songwriter. An elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, she co-founded the photo concession at Detroit's Flame Show Bar, with sister Gwen. In 1958, she co-founded the record label, Anna Records, alongside Gwen and Billy Davis.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born Anna Ruby Gordy on January 28, 1922 in Oconee, Georgia, she was the third eldest of Berry Gordy Sr. (Berry Gordy II) and Bertha Ida (née Fuller) Gordy's eight children. … Read More


1956 34 Years Old In 1956, Anna began her career distributing records with Checker Records.
1957 35 Years Old Around 1957, she distributed a couple recordings for Gone Records.
1958 36 Years Old In 1958, she founded the label, Anna Records, with musician Billy Davis. … Read More
1959 37 Years Old Gordy first met Marvin Gaye in 1959 when Gaye was just 20 years old, singing with Harvey and the New Moonglows. Gaye soon began working at Anna Records and soon developed an attraction to Ms. Gordy. They eventually began dating in 1960. After a three-year courtship, they married in June 1963. … Read More


1966 44 Years Old The marriage between Marvin and Anna was reportedly turbulent, leading to public spats. In order to bring some stability to their home life, Anna and Marvin adopted a little boy who was born on November 17, 1966. … Read More


1975 53 Years Old In November 1975, Gordy filed for divorce. … Read More
1978 56 Years Old Released in December 1978, Gordy heard the album and threatened to sue Marvin for $5 million for invasion of privacy. … Read More


1982 60 Years Old In the 1980s, Marvin and Anna reconciled as friends and Anna was on hand with Marvin at industry events following the release of his comeback album, Midnight Love, in 1982.
1983 61 Years Old Anna also attended the Grammy Awards in 1983, where Marvin won two trophies.
1984 62 Years Old Marvin's death in 1984 devastated Anna; later she and Marvin's three children scattered most of his ashes near the Pacific Ocean while Anna kept a portion. … Read More
2008 86 Years Old Gordy never remarried following her divorce. Her last public appearance came in June 2008 when she attended the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Heart Foundation event where brother Berry was being honored.
2014 92 Years Old Gordy died on January 31, 2014, three days after her 92nd birthday, following years of declining health. … Read More
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