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    Marvin Gaye the writer, producer, arranger - Is that Marvin in the background?

    A question for all you experts!

    Marvin had an impressive catalogue of backing vocalists; The Vandellas, The Love-Tones, The Supremes, The Miracles, The Temptations, The Andantes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Spinners, Ashford & Simpson, The Originals, The Devastating Affair, The Waters - that surely has to be a Motown record?! [[excuse the pun).

    And duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Oma Heard [[aka Drake), Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, Florence Lyles, as well as the quartet of Marvin, Stevie, Smokey and Diana on 1978's 'Pops We Love You'.

    Marvin recorded a lead vocal on the 1972 'Try It, You'll Like It' which features a mix of The Sisters Love backing vocals as it's an overdub of their 1972 version - both produced by Willie Hutch.

    As a musician he played drums on The Spinners 1961 'That's What Girls Are Made For'.

    And of course he was a prolific writer, producer and arranger for other artists not just himself. Marvin also provided vocals on some of his recordings written and/or produed for other artists...

    The Originals 1970 'Just To Keep You Satisfied' [[aka Marvin's 1970 'God Is Love') - before his own version of the song was released in 1973 with The Originals backing, features Marvin on backing vocals with The Originals. The original [[still no pun intended) version was in 1969 by The Monitors with Richard Street on lead.

    G. C. Cameron's 1974 'I'm Gonna Give You Respect' features Marvin and Willie Hutch backing [[what a glorious trio of voices), which Marvin also recorded a version of.

    Marvin's unique vocal tone and range adds another dimension to any recording...

    Is that Marvin singing in the background of Chris Clark's 1967 'I Love You' and The Miracles' [[with Billy Griffin on lead) 1973 'I Love You Secretly' [[recorded by Marvin in 1972) both written and produced by him?

    Are there other artists recordings where Marvin's magic manifests on the drums, piano or vocally - even if subtle?

    Thanks for your time, and in the words of Marvin Gaye via Chris Clark...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOBd0XWZVbo
    Last edited by PauloRich; 03-11-2023 at 11:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PauloRich View Post
    A question for all you experts!

    Marvin had an impressive catalogue of backing vocalists; The Vandellas, The Love-Tones, The Supremes, The Miracles, The Temptations, The Andantes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Spinners, Ashford & Simpson, The Originals, The Devastating Affair, The Waters - that surely has to be a Motown record?! [[excuse the pun).

    And duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Oma Heard [[aka Drake), Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross, Florence Lyles, as well as the quartet of Marvin, Stevie, Smokey and Diana on 1978's 'Pops We Love You'.

    Marvin recorded a lead vocal on the 1972 'Try It, You'll Like It' which features a mix of The Sisters Love backing vocals as it's an overdub of their 1972 version - both produced by Willie Hutch.

    As a musician he played drums on The Spinners 1961 'That's What Girls Are Made For'.

    And of course he was a prolific writer, producer and arranger for other artists not just himself. Marvin also provided vocals on some of his recording written and/or produed for other artists...

    The Originals 1970 'Just To Keep You Satisfied' [[aka Marvin's 1970 'God Is Love') - before his own version of the song was released in 1973 with The Originals backing. The original [[still no pun intended) version was in 1969 by The Monitors with Richard Street on lead.

    G. C. Cameron's 1974 'I'm Gonna Give You Respect' features Marvin and Willie Hutch backing [[what a glorious trio of voices), which Marvin also recorded a version of.

    Is that Marvin singing in the background of Chris Clark's 1967 'I Love You' and The Miracles' [[with Billy Griffin on lead) 1973 'I Love You Secretly' [[recorded by Marvin in 1972) both written and produced by him?

    Are there other artists recordings where Marvin's magic manifests on the drums, piano or vocally - even if subtle?

    Thanks for your time, and in the words of Marvin Gaye via Chris Clark...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOBd0XWZVbo
    I believe that Marvin can be heard on "Baby I'm For Real" and "The Bells" by The Originals.

    What I've never heard, however, is Marvin doing a Stevie wherein Stevie makes the credited artist sound like a guest vocalist on their own recording.

    Having said that, he comes close on those two Originals hits.

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    It sounds like Marvin in some parts of Diana's BABY IT'S LOVE from her EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING album.

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    Marvin is on Yvonne Fairs Funky Music So Nuff Turns Me On

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    He played drums on Please Mr. Postman.

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    Didn't he play drums on "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & The Vandellas? Some say it was Freddie Waits though. Who else is claimng this honour?

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    Marvin is clearly singing with the guys on the Originals' "I'll Wait For You".

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    Have always wondered if that’s Marvin at the beginning of Tata Vega’s Come In Heaven [[Earth Is Calling)? BTW a truly beautiful song performed to perfection by Tata.

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    Marvin is not on the Tata Vega track.

    Gladys Horton told me long ago that Marvin is not on Postman. That is an urban myth. She said it is Benny Benjamin. It is the same drummer that is on Playboy as well.

    Those are the Funk Bros on Dancing In The Street. It's either Benny or Pistol. From the use of the tom-tom it sounds like Benny on that cut.

    As far as Marvin being on That's What Girls Are Made For, I don't know. Marvin Gaye was not a drummer. He could keep a beat but he didn't have the fancy licks like the other drummers are Motown

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    Quote Originally Posted by RanRan79 View Post
    Marvin is clearly singing with the guys on the Originals' "I'll Wait For You".
    And I agree but not on Baby Iím For Real or The Bells as someone says above.

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    And according to Stuart Avig of The Valadiers - Marvin Gaye played keys on "Greetings [[This Is Uncle Sam)"


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