Anna Gordy Gaye
American musician and businesswoman
Anna Gordy Gaye
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.
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Ex-wife of Marvin Gaye dies
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Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of Motown's founder and ex-wife of late legendary singer Marvin Gaye, has died.
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Anna Gordy Gaye, sister of Motown founder and soul singer Marvin Gaye's ex-wife, dies at 92
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DETROIT - Anna Gordy Gaye, who was married to musical great Marvin Gaye and whose brother founded Motown Records, has died. A statement released by the family says Gordy Gaye died at her Los Angeles home Friday while surrounded by family, including her son, Marvin Gaye III. She was 92. Her
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  • 2014
    Age 92
    Gordy died on January 31, 2014, three days after her 92nd birthday, following years of declining health.
    More Details Hide Details She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, Courts of Remembrance, Sanctuary of Enduring Protection, Private Family Room.
  • 2008
    Age 86
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 62
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When Marvin was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Anna and Marvin Gaye III accepted on his behalf.
  • 1983
    Age 61
    Anna also attended the Grammy Awards in 1983, where Marvin won two trophies.
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  • 1982
    Age 60
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 56
    Released in December 1978, Gordy heard the album and threatened to sue Marvin for $5 million for invasion of privacy.
    More Details Hide Details Nothing came of this threat.
  • 1975
    Age 53
    In November 1975, Gordy filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details After nearly two years, the case was settled in Gordy's favor after Gaye agreed to remit a portion of his royalties off his next album to Gordy. The resulting album, Here, My Dear, gave audiences a view of the marriage through Marvin's point of view.
  • 1966
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The boy was soon named after his adopted father (Marvin Pentz Gaye III). While the boy was said to have been naturally conceived by Anna and Marvin during Motown's public relations stories of the couple, Marvin himself would confirm the adoption in David Ritz's Marvin biography, Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye. In later years, the identity of the mother was revealed as Denise Gordy, Anna's niece. In 1971, the couple moved to Hollywood. Two years later, the couple filed for legal separation with Gaye settling in with a young woman named Janis Hunter, with whom Gaye would have two children.
  • 1959
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Inspired by their romance, Marvin penned hit singles about Anna including "Stubborn Kind of Fellow", "Pride & Joy" and "You're a Wonderful One". Of "Pride and Joy", Gaye said, "When I composed 'Pride and Joy', I was head over heels in love with Anna. I just wrote what I felt about her, and what she did for me. She was my pride and joy."
  • 1958
    Age 36
    In 1958, she founded the label, Anna Records, with musician Billy Davis.
    More Details Hide Details Gordy's younger sister Gwen acted as co-partner with the label. The label was formed a year before Berry launched Tamla Records, later a subsidiary for Motown. Anna distributed Tamla's first national hit, Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)". Artists such as David Ruffin and Joe Tex also recorded for the label while Marvin Gaye became a session musician with the company. After the label was absorbed by Motown in 1961, Gordy joined Motown as a songwriter. Some of Gordy's early compositions were recorded by Gaye and Mary Wells. In 1965, Gordy co-wrote Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means to Me". Gordy later co-composed the Originals' hits, "Baby, I'm for Real" and "The Bells" alongside Marvin Gaye. Gordy's name was included as a co-songwriter on two songs off Gaye's 1971 album, What's Going On, including "Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)" and "God Is Love". In 1973, Gordy's name was included in the credits to the song, "Just to Keep You Satisfied", which was first recorded in 1969 by the Monitors and also recorded by the Originals two years later. Gaye's version was actually overdubbed from the Originals recording and reversed the song's romantic lyrics for a more solemn view of the end of a marriage. Gordy eventually left Motown at the end of the 1970s and retired from the music industry.
  • 1957
    Age 35
    Around 1957, she distributed a couple recordings for Gone Records.
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  • 1956
    Age 34
    In 1956, Anna began her career distributing records with Checker Records.
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  • 1922
    Age 0
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Into her first year, Gordy's family relocated to Detroit. Following graduation from high school in 1940, Gordy relocated to California, which is where Gordy's younger brother Berry moved to after he dropped out of high school to form a boxing career. Returning to Detroit in the mid-1950s, she and younger sister Gwen became operators of the photo concession at Detroit's Flame Show Bar. By the late 1950s, members of the Gordy clan were getting involved with the music business.
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