Legendary R&B/Soul singer Marvin Gaye was honored with a commemorative stamp from the U.S. Postal Service on what would’ve been his 80th birthday on April 2. The stamp was designed by Kadir Nelson.
The stamp was unveiled during a star-studded ceremony on Tuesday at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
Fashion designer and historian Sir Keith Holman, right, sent photos from the event exclusively for Sandrarose.com readers. Keith posed with Supremes singer Mary Wilson and Shalamar singer Howard Hewitt. Keith designed stage costumes for many Motown stars.
Special guests in attendance included Motown founder Berry Gordy, and legendary singers Smokey Robinson, Freda Payne, Mary Wilson, Howard Hewitt and Kenny Lattimore.
Also, members of Marvin’s family were in the house. Pictured are Marvin’s son Marvin Gaye III, 2nd from left, and Claudette Robinson (Smokey’s ex-wife) with Sir Keith Holman, right.
Sir Keith poses with Supremes singer Mary Wilson, left, singer Freda Payne.
Sir Keith, left, poses with Mary Wilson, Claudette Robinson, and Marvin’s brother Antwaun Gay. Claudette is an original member of the Miracles and she is Smokey Robinson’s ex-wife.
Marvin’s sister Zeola Gaye (above) and his daughter Nona Gaye (below) spoke during the ceremony.
Sir Keith Holman writes:
“Dear Sandra, I would have for you to have attended this positive, uplifting event Mary Wilson the host of this amazing ceremony at the Greek theater whom I escorted kept the event upbeat, and from Kenny Lattimore performing Marvin Gaye’s songs to Barry Gordy speaking, it was such a privilege for me just to be there. It was moving to see so many people of All races joined together to celebrate this momentous achievement especially on Mr. Gaye’s birthday! Mr Gaye’s family is such an inspiration!”
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Photos courtesy of Sir Keith Holman