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Re: Marvin Gaye Trivia
« Reply #15 on: Apr 4th, 2015, 01:24am »
2015, this hasn't been added in three years. Hopefully people who use to come here can add more... soulmusic247, where are you?
Anyway, correction on Got to Give It Up:
*Zeola was the first person you hear in the song when it plays. She is heard saying "hey y'all!" or "hey Marvin! Hey Frankie!" in the audio clip. The person screaming while Marvin is singing the first verse was Janis' sister.
*Marvin and Richard Pryor were actually friends. According to Janis, they used to make jokes all the time. According to Janis, Zeola, Frankie and Marvin's children, Marvin was a great jokester. You can sense that in some of his interviews (Don Cornelius' in 1974 and Tom Joyner's in 1983).
*According to his last girlfriend, Deborah Decker, Marvin was the father of an unborn child. Following Marvin's death, she had a miscarriage.
*After adopting Marvin III, he named him after him and his father. Asked why, Marvin simply said "I wanted to keep up with tradition".
*Despite performing in the same Kingston, Jamaica venue in early 1974, Marvin never met Bob Marley.
*According to Mickey Stevenson, Marvin and Anna Gordy Gaye had a fight during their wedding and Anna threw one of her heels at him.
*Marvin's 1970s collaborator, Elgie Stover, could be heard screaming "hey what's happening" when "What's Going On" starts.
*When Marvin finished What's Going On, he filmed his scenes for the film, Hot Chrome & Leather, months later, he grew the rest of his beard and pose for photos for the What's Going On album prior to its May 21st release.
*Contrary to public stories, while Marvin was two weeks shy of turning 34, Janis was over 17 when they met in 1973 (not 16 as David Ritz initially suggested).
*Marvin's only sound investment as a businessman was to take part ownership of Wally Amos' Famous Amos cookies in the '70s.
*Marvin read the lyrics to "Can I Get a Witness" for a minute before telling Brian Holland he was ready to record doing only one take of the song.
*While he didn't "capture this song's feel", Marvin admitted he was influenced by Johnnie Taylor's disco smash "Disco Lady" to do "Got to Give It Up". The demo title of the song was "Dancing Lady".
*Michael Jackson learned about vocal multi-tracking, was inspired to write songs about children and the environment, and adapted parts of his clothing style from Marvin (MJ adapted the military outfits Marvin wore in his last tour, prior to 1983, MJ was never seen with military gear, he even began wearing the same type of Ray Ban sunglasses Marvin wore). As noted, the songs "Shake Your Body" and "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" were mainly influenced by "Got to Give It Up".
*Marvin was inspired by Rick James' "Superfreak" to do the song "Midnight Lady". The original demo's title was named "Clique Games (Rick James)" and in the demo and final versions, Marvin mentions the word "superfreak" often, even imitating a mock British accent like Rick did in the song and mentions drugs (like RJ mentioned "when I get there, she's got incense, wine and Quaaludes" but in Marvin's, he's obviously mentioning coke: "they tell me something's going on in the men's room, soon as we come out, we'll be high soon, did you save a line for the ladies? We're not into that, are you crazy?!"). It's clear the song is his response to RJ's punk funk new wavish R&B sound as Midnight Lady has a similar punch to it.
*In a demo version of "Rockin' After Midnight" (titled "I Bet You Wonder"), Marvin sings "Rocké aprčs minuit" instead (he was obviously influenced by French music at the time, he spoke in French on "'Til Tomorrow" for example).
*Marvin produced and can be obviously heard singing alongside Yvonne Fair on her version of Norman Whitfield's "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On".
*Despite his claims of not being a good dancer, he did perform The Butterfly during the 1981 Ostend performance of "Got to Give It Up" and showed some nice dance moves during "Inner City Blues".
*Todd Rundgren's "Lost Horizon" was a tribute to Marvin (I think the vocal harmonies lets you know that).
*Marvin was a constant viewer of Playboy magazine but also viewed other pornographic magazines, including Qui magazine.
*Marvin was sexually attracted to disco legend Donna Summer.
*Marvin's penchant for flamboyant clothing was apparent in 1977 when he wore a dashiki-type blouse during a performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
*Marvin was of the earliest rock stars to be shown wearing an earring during a time when wearing earrings weren't considered "manly" (no wonder Marvin felt confused though, I think there was some internalized hatred for his sensitive side, is it any wonder why he tried all he could to appear "macho"?).
*The platform boots MG wore during his 1974 comeback tour was his idea (note: George Clinton didn't start wearing platform boots until 1975; in fact, MG might've gotten the idea of wearing the glam rock-esque boots from Patti LaBelle but it's no telling how true that is, nonetheless he was the first male R&B performer to be seen in that wardrobe).
*Much like Aretha Franklin in later years, Marvin hated flying, and that was mainly the reason he didn't tour overseas often during the '60s despite a sizable UK following.
*Marvin considered Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin as one of his favorite albums, he also listed Billie as one of his influences in his own work (he recorded "You Don't Know What Love Is" mainly because Billie had done it).
*The reason why MG recorded so many songs by other writers during the pre-Let's Get It On 1972 sessions was mainly because he had writer's block. Nonetheless, he was still a producer for most of the sessions (including the Willie Hutch songs, which they co-produced together).
*One of the most beloved songs in his catalog, "Distant Lover" was one song he revisited for over 20 takes before he was settled with a version he felt was "releasable".