Legendary singer Marvin Gaye now has a commemorative stamp, and the U.S. Postal Service celebrated its debut at the Greek Theatre on what would’ve been his 80th birthday on Tuesday.
The U.S. Postal Service is saluting the legendary Marvin Gaye with a Forever stamp — the newest addition to the Music Icons series. https://t.co/jhKiT3cUoj
— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) April 2, 2019
The stamp bears a portrait designed to mimic a vintage vinyl cover art.
“Gaye’s presence and unique sound will live on forever through his music and now through the mail,” USPS said in a statement.
The Prince of Soul’s stamp joins the ranks of other artists in the postal service’s “Music Icon” series such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Sarah Vaughan. The stamp pane will feature a brief biography and an image of a record peeking out of the sleeve.
Kadir Nelson, who designed the artwork used for the stamp pane, creates portraits of other artists, such as Michael Jackson, and the cover of Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” album. In 2014, USPS dedicated a Forever stamp to NBA player Wilt Chamberlain, another original artwork by Nelson.
Gaye was a musical force in the 1970s who became a crown jewel for Motown Records. His most celebrated hits include “Let’s Get it On,” and “What’s Going On?”
KTLA’s Kristina Bravo contributed to this story.