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Marvin Gaye on his way to a USPS postage stamp


The United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) has announced that it will issue a Marvin Gaye commemorative stamp on April 2, 2019, on what would have been the singer’s 80th birthday.


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?"


He died in 1984.


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

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