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Foundation in Soul Singer’s Name Announced

April 3, 1985 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A foundation honoring Marvin Gaye will be established to offer youth counseling and other services, the family of the slain soul singer said.

Gaye’s mother, Alberta Gay, and sister, Jeanne Gay, announced the formation of the Marvin Gaye Jr. Memorial Foundation on Tuesday, which would have been the singer’s 46th birthday.

Jeanne Gay said the foundation is currently seeking non-profit status.

″We’re not collecting money until we receive non-profit status from the government,″ she said.

Ms. Gay said the foundation will be dedicated to the betterment of youth and promotion of family unity through music, including a weekly radio program. The foundation will be based in Southern California.

On Monday, a year after Gaye was shot to death in an argument with his father, Marvin Gay Sr., Columbia Records announced in Los Angeles that a new album featuring Gaye is scheduled for release.

The album was compiled from studio work the Grammy-award winning singer did shortly before his death. It also includes several tracks he had recorded over the years and left with his mother.

Gaye, who added the extra letter to his name when he launched his singing career, died at a time he was enjoying a hard-fought comeback. His career included 13 Top Ten songs from 1963 through 1977, including ″I Heard it Through the Grapevine,″ ″What’s Going On,″ and ″Let’s Get It On.″

The year before his death, he won two Grammy awards for his 1982 hit ″Sexual Healing.″

His 71-year-old father pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced last November to five years’ probation.