Skip to content

Anna Gordy, ex wife of Marvin Gaye, passes away


Anna Gordy Gaye, sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, and ex-wife of the late superstar singer Marvin Gaye has died at the age of 92.

Anna Gordy passed away early Saturday morning in her home surrounded by son Marvin Gaye III and other family members.

Though she is widely known for her marriage to Marvin, Anna Gordy had a career in the music business all her own.

In 1958 she launched her own record label, Anna Records, a full year before younger brother Berry would begin his own label, Tamla, later to be absorbed by Motown. She was also an accomplished songwriter as she co-penned the songs “Baby, I’m For Real” and “The Bells” for The Originals. She is even credited with co-writing two songs on Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 classic  album What’s Going On?

In 1975, Anna Gordy filed for divorce from Gaye. The divorce proceedings went on for over two years before finally being settled in favor of Gordy with the arrangement that royalties from Gaye’s next album be awarded to Gordy. The resulting album, Here, My Dear, was a stark look at their relationship from beginning to end from Marvin’s point of view. Gordy was so incensed at the LP that she threatened to sue him for $5 million, citing invasion of privacy though she never made good of that threat.

Later, Gordy and Gaye were able to reconcile their friendship and remain good friends until Gaye’s death in 1984. After Marvin’s death, Gordy stayed out of the public eye, only making appearances here and there to sometimes accept posthumous awards on his behalf.

Anna Gordy is survived by her son, Marvin Gaye III, two brothers, Berry and Robert, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family.

Arrangements for Anna Gordy have yet to be announced.


  1. kelly on March 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    yes anna gordy was the business , she and berry were really ,the donald trumps of that era .. i mean without oton a lot of people would never have know about marvin or dianna i often wonder where would black music be if these stars neva lived or never were discovered …. its crazy to think of our life without motown

  2. butter bean sugar on May 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    i had no idea that anna gordy was the first to start her record company before berry gordy did motown so that mean she inspired him to open motown amazing .. god rest her soul she was a good woman ,i heard marvin gay took advantage of her an married her only to get access to record deals with berry g .. not sure how true that is but they both were talented and didtnt need to marry for convience and , i hear she never had children with marvin g . but did adopt a son with him who is still alive today … i think motown had a lot of rolling stones they say marvin gay , the temptatation smokey robinson and a lot of the found out years later they had kids with women they didnt even know of ..some fans they met while traveling at the time they were unknown so the women didnt know …. but same cook was found out . he had to pay child support to atleast 4 kids he found out were his ..and some say there are more