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Marvin Gaye’s Ex-Wife, Berry Gordy’s Sister, Dies: She Kept Him From Getting Dropped by Motown

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Anna Gordy

If you’re old enough to remember the sweet sounds of Marvin Gaye, then you’ll know that he was married while young.  Anna Gordy Gaye was the sister of the boss and an older woman who found Gaye to be irresistible.  But the marriage ended after 14 years, since Gaye eventually did the reverse and married a younger woman himself before he died.

This is the end of an era of beautiful and powerful music.  Marvin Gaye set himself apart at Motown by producing songs that made him the most iconic of all performers on an array of amazingly talented people.   Gaye also gave his wife credit for protecting him from being dropped from the label, since his music was an eccentric twist to the kinds of stuff they were putting out at that time.  So, maybe one of her biggest contributions to the world is that she kept Gaye’s voice alive to the world by supporting him.  We might not have known about him otherwise.

Anna Gordy passed this week at the age of 92 at her home.  She was fortunate enough to have died from natural causes and was discovered by members of her family when she died.  She was married to Marvin for 14 years, divorcing him in 1977.  She was the inspiration behind his double album, “Here my Dear.”  The album was required as part of the divorce settlement, where Marvin had to use the money to pay alimony to his estranged wife.

May Anna Gordy Gaye rest in peace.

Huffington Post says more: 

During a 1979 interview with People magazine, the Grammy Award winner credited his marriage to Anna for saving his Motown career.

“I do believe the fact that I was married to Berry Gordy’s sister saved me from getting my contract ripped up several times,” Gaye said. “Let’s face it, I’m a little strange by most standards. I truly feel I’m an artist and I don’t give any quarter nor do I ask any … I gotta take the responsibility to show up every night. I may as well make the people who promote me happy and assured that I am not the unstable flake they think I am.”

via Anna Gordy Gaye Dead: Marvin Gaye’s Ex-Wife Dies At 92.


  1. Coretta Green

    February 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

    May you rest in peace Ms. Ana Gordy…

  2. Rev. Roosevelt Baums

    February 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Rest in peace Ann Gaye-Gordy. You supported your Man, with was great!

  3. Brenda

    February 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    She lived a glamorous and lovely life. She was not only saved his career but she was also beneficial in the Motown Enterprise itself. She groomed many of the famous female acts for stage. Keep in mind that many of the Motown talents was from the projects. Sadly she did not however produce children. Read the books about the life of Marvin as written by his sister and brother… She was an icon and will be missed.

    • mz vee

      February 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      They adopted a beautiful baby boy. She was a loving Mother!
      Condolences to the family. May she RIP and be joined in the after life by her beloved Marvin

  4. Amazing Grace

    February 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Ms.Anna Gordy Gaye RIP, and my sincere condolences to family and friends of both families.

  5. Monica R. Lett, Ph.D.

    February 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I also was born in Detroit & spent a portion of my childhood there before I went to live with my grandmother in elementary school, but returned to Detroit as an adult & completed an undergraduate degree from Wayne State before I went to Rutgers for Graduate school.

    Anna lived a very “full” life living into her nineties. The Gordy family made substantial contributions to Detroit in it’s early years.

  6. ana

    February 1, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Condolences to the entire family. Anna was such a remarkable women…RIP Anna Gordy.

  7. Read and think !

    February 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Real Black love and relationship. We must learn from this woman and share it. Peace be upon her & family.

  8. Daisy

    February 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    She looks just like Berry

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    February 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Yeah! He did “Hear MY Dear” for which, as published, she was to get the royalties. Many people didn’t like that album, and didn’t purchase it; which(according to press) was what Marvin had hopped for. I remember their was a “invasion of privacy” suite filed by Anna about that Album. I love the album, as I do all of the work that Marvin did.

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