♫ You Are Everything ♫

I wish I could take credit for tonight’s song, but alas … I cannot.  Once again, our friend Ellen has taken me to task for not making note of the anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s death yesterday, but at the same time, she gave me a way out, noting that I could possibly redeem myself by recognizing Mr. Gaye’s birthday today!  (I swear that woman is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to music!) She was even so kind as to make a couple of recommendations, and thus tonight’s song … You Are Everything.

Thank you, Ellen … and remember, the job offer is still open!

This song, written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, was originally recorded by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics in 1971.  Then in 1974, Motown singing duo, Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye recorded the song, and that is the version I am sharing tonight, in honour of what would have been Marvin Gaye’s 80th birthday.  Wow — where do the years go?

Released as the second UK single from their Diana & Marvin album, the song reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1974, and also became the first official Motown single to be awarded with silver disc for sales in excess of 200,000 copies. It also reached #13 on the Dutch charts and #20 on the Irish Singles Chart. It was never released as a single in the U.S.  I wonder why?

Sadly, Mr. Gaye’s life and career were cut short one day shy of what would have been his 45th birthday when, on April 1, 1984, Gaye’s father, Marvin Gay Sr., fatally shot him at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles.  Yet another whose music enriches us, his life ended far too soon.

You Are Evrything
Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye

Today I saw somebody
Who looked just like you
He walked like you do
I thought it was you
As he turned the corner
I called out your name
I felt so ashamed
When it wasn’t you
Wasn’t you

You are everything
And everything is you
Oh, you are everything
And everything is you
‘Cause you are everything
And everything is you

How can I forget
When each face that I see
Brings back memories
Of being with you
I just can’t go on
Living life as I do
Comparing each girl with you
Knowing they just won’t do
They’re not you

‘Cause you are everything
And everything is you
Oh, you are everything
And everything is you
You are everything
And everything is you

Songwriters: Linda Creed / Linda Diane Creed / Thom Bell / Thomas Randolph Bell
You Are Evrything lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

14 thoughts on “♫ You Are Everything ♫

  1. I will begin by saying that your candor is admirable! You could have easily simply posted this song saying it was in honor of Marvin’s 80th birthday without mentioning my chiding influence. After all, yesterday’s comment was probably unnoticed as it was a late addition. That said, you have provided an opportunity that is not to be missed…allowing and encouraging my propensity for loquacity to wax-poetic to a point beyond endurance. A risk, I might add, that I will zealously undertake. Of utmost importance is the news that I first read about this February, that March 29th of 2019 would be the release of “Marvin Gaye, You’re The Man” album. This is the 1972 album that was never released because of the poor reception of the single of the same title and Motown’s reluctance, causing it to be shelved until now. I have not pre-ordered it, but will definitely purchase it. I did not yesterday, as is my usual custom, list the books that I consider to be must reads about Marvin’s life. “Divided Soul : The Life of Marvin Gaye” by David Ritz that was published in 1985, partly because of his actual presence in Marvin’s life but also because of some later controversy about his part in the song “Sexual Healing” (that was after the book was published). I will abstain from delving into this, but it is nevertheless was quite interesting. It is also interesting to note that Ritz wrote something for this album’s liner note, if my reading in Feb. was indeed true. “Marvin Gaye, My Brother” by Frankie Gaye that was published posthumously in 2003, as Frankie had died in 2001. Frankie Gaye, he added the “e” to his name as did sister Zeola, was the younger brother that looked and sounded much like Marvin. After he returned in 1970 from time spent in Viet Nam, courtesy of the U.S. Army, he toured with Marvin singing background vocals. This is the brother that lived next door and was with Marvin Gaye in the final minutes of his life that day in 1984. After Marvin’s demise, Frankie did record and release the album, “My Brother” in 1990. You really should find the title song from that album, perhaps on YouTube or one of those places, it is well worth your time. Frankie had also released a single in 1989 “Extraordinary Girl” that has quite the disco beat to it. Poor man could never rise to Marvin’s fame, his voice was close but not equal. The last book that I read was the more recent January 2011 book by younger sister, Zeola Gaye, “My Brother, Marvin” and it was another very good read. In the event that you have made it to this point in my narrative and have not fallen asleep or lost interest…Thank-YOU!

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    • Ahhh … I believe in giving credit where credit is due, and I certainly would never have remembered this date on my own! And, dearest Ellen, I always welcome your propensity for loquacity and have missed it these last few weeks! And now you have enlightened me once again, for I had not heard of the album to be released! I must look into the controversy over the song “Sexual Healing”, for that is one of my favourites.

      I did find the song “My Brother” by Frankie Gaye … here is a link in case you’re interested: https://youtu.be/kEVQtnXMFtA

      Now, of the three books you mention, which would you most recommend? And no, I haven’t fallen asleep at all, but found your information fascinating as always!


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