Marvin Gaye to make his US postal stamp debut on what would have been his 80th birthday

The late Motown singer Marvin Gaye is being honored by the United States Postal Service with a commemorative stamp that will debut on April 2, which would have been his 80th birthday.

The stamp features a portrait of the singer that was “inspired by historic photographs,” the postal service said on its website.

The pane of the new stamp, which is the latest in the postal service's Music Icons series, was designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve.


“One side of the pane includes the stamps, brief text about Gaye’s legacy, and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve,” the postal service said. “Another portrait of Gaye, also inspired by historic photographs, appears on the reverse along with the Music Icons series logo.”

The stamp pane was designed by art director Derry Noyes and artist Kadir Nelson.

"Gaye's presence and unique sound will live on forever through his music and now through the mail," the postal service said in a statement to CNN this week.

Other artists featured in the postal service's "Music Icon" series include Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Sarah Vaughan.

Some of the most known hits by Gaye, who has also been dubbed the "Prince of Soul,” include "What's Going On?" and "Let's Get it On.” He died a day before his birthday on April 1, 1984.