Jan Gaye

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Marvin Gaye and his wife, Jan, on their wedding day, Oct. 10, 1977.

Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marvin Gaye's Ex-Wife Reveals Tales of Sexual Deviance, Drugs and Anxiety in New Memoir

Jan Hunter met Marvin Gaye in 1973. She was a beautiful 17-year-old high school student ­living in foster care, the daughter of renowned jazz singer Slim Gaillard. Jan's wayward mother, who counted ­various music insiders as friends and drug ­buddies, helped arrange the meeting. Gaye, 34, was one of the world's great soul singers, and the ­mercurial Motown star was in the midst of ­recording his erotic masterpiece Let's Get It On.