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Posthumous 80th Marvin Gaye Birthday Marked With US Postage Stamp

By Published March 01, 2019

The US postal service is releasing a commemorative stamp to remember legendary singer Marvin Gaye next month on what would have been his 80th birthday.

The "Prince of Soul" who was tragically shot dead 35 years ago is being remembered by the US Postal Service for his influence in music even in death.

"Gaye's presence and unique sound will live on forever through his music and now through the mail," the postal service said.

USPS says additional details will be published on its website for the icon's stamp debut event in Los Angeles on April 2.

Designed by Kadir Nelson, the stamp shows a portrait of Gaye, which the agency says was designed to mimic a vintage vinyl cover art. The stamp pane will feature a brief biography and an image of a record peeking out of the sleeve.

Gaye's stamp will join the ranks of other artists in the postal service's "Music Icon" series such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Sarah Vaughan.

Gaye was a musical force in the 70s who became a crown jewel for Motown Records. His most celebrated hits include "Let's Get it On," and "What's Going On?"

Gaye was shot and killed by his father in 1984 on the day before his 45th birthday.

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