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xx Marvin as an integral songwriter and producer
« Thread started on: Jul 30th, 2008, 4:20pm »

Probably one of the most underrated discussions when mentioning Marvin pass "What's Going On" and his sexual songs, is how much of a gifted writer and talented producer he was. People hardly knew he contributed lyrically to some of Motown's greatest releases. It's brief but here's a rundown of songs he wrote for himself and others:

1962:
"Beechwood 4-5789" (The Marvelettes)
"Soul Bongo" (Stevie Wonder)
"Stubborn Kind of Fellow"
"Hitch Hike"

1963:
"Pride & Joy"

1964:
"Dancing in the Street" (Martha and the Vandellas)

1965:
"Pretty Little Baby"

1967:
"If This World Were Mine" (w/Tammi Terrell) - this song has been covered by several artists

1969:
"Baby I'm For Real" (The Originals)

1970:
"The Bells" (The Originals)
"We Can Make It" (The Originals)

1971:
What's Going On (entire album)

1972:
Trouble Man (entire album)
"You're the Man"

1973:
Let's Get It On (entire album)

1974:
"Love You Secretly" (The Miracles)

1976:
"Since I Had You"
"Soon I'll Be Loving You Again"
"After the Dance" (from I Want You)

1977:
"Got to Give It Up"

1978:
Here, My Dear (entire album)

1979:
Love Man (entire album; canceled from release, later released under different lyrics/mind set as In Our Lifetime)

1981:
In Our Lifetime (entire album)

1982:
Midnight Love (entire album)

Other songs:
"Sanctified Lady"
"It's Madness"
"Just Like"
"Walkin' in the Rain"
"Ain't It Funny How Things Turn Around"
"Savage in the Sack"
"Masochistic Beauty"
"Dream of a Lifetime"

...there'll could be more but that's the bare essential ones I can think of. sad grin
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xx Re: Marvin as an integral songwriter and producer
« Reply #1 on: May 20th, 2010, 04:03am »

Ahem...

I think the Motown board needs more attention than other boards lol

To a degree of course. wink
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xx Re: Marvin as an integral songwriter and producer
« Reply #2 on: May 20th, 2010, 5:22pm »

I think Marvin doesn't get enough credit for "dancin' in the street". That song is more or less the anthem of "The Sound of Young America" that Motown billed itself as in the '60s. These days when people talk about the song they talk about how it was the epitome of the Motown assembly machine cranking out hit after hit but really it was Marvin that crafted the song together.

I read something from Martha Reeves where Marvin was teaching her the lyrics and how to sing the song and she was floored because Marvin was hitting notes that she couldn't hit so they had to change around the vocal arrangements for her register.

I wonder if there's a demo of Marvin singing the song with the music track lying somewhere in the vaults. That would be mighty interesting to hear.
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« Reply #3 on: May 20th, 2010, 9:22pm »

Yeah I hate that some try to belittle Marvin's credit with that song in particular. In fact I know now for a fact that it's him (and Steve Reid) playing drums together on that track. The rolls and the groove kicks are from Marvin. I can tell the lyrics he wrote, he named the cities, and he wrote the melody so the lyrics would make sense lol. wink

Marvin was all about melody whenever he wrote something. Yeah someone may have wrote the lyrics but Marvin knew how to write and compose the music.
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