Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in Detroit in 1959. He named one label subsidiary after his sister.
It was on that subsidiary, named Anna, that Marvin Gaye recorded some of his earliest work. He and Gordy Gaye were married about a decade and co-wrote some songs together before they divorced in 1976. She received $600,000 in royalties from him, while Marvin Gaye used it as inspiration for “Here My Dear,” a 71-minute musical recount of the breakup.
The singer and his second wife met while he was still married to Gordy Gaye.
He and his second wife married in 1977 but divorced four years later. He died in 1984, during a violent argument with his father.
Gordy Gaye’s sister, Esther Gordy Edwards, proceeded her in death. She died in 2011, at age 91.
Gordy Gaye’s survivors include her son, Marvin Gaye III.