The First Celebrity-Focused Songwriter in History: Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye is the most famous songwriter in American history, and he has long been celebrated as a genius.
He wrote some of the biggest hits in pop history, including “Love Me Do,” “I Want to Break Free,” and “I’m the One.”
And though many have tried to write him a song about himself, he hasn’t given up on his dreams of reaching into the stars.
“The world’s greatest songwriter,” he said in an interview with National Geographic.
“And I’ll never stop writing.”
Gaye has always been at his most creative when he’s in his element, and now he’s ready to share some of his favorite moments from his life with you.
You can find more about the writer and artist below.
What’s your favorite moment from Marvin Gayen’s life?
Marvin gayed the song he wrote, “Love, Love, Love,” in the songbook he keeps in his office.
It’s one of my favorite songs ever, even though I’ve never written it.
But when he came home from school, we’d have a little lunch.
We’d sit down at the table and he’d play it for us.
Then he’d go into his studio and he would start playing the piano.
It was like a songbook.
I think we got the idea that he was going to write a song for the kids, and that he knew we would like it.
He was just really, really into it.
I remember one time when I was on tour with him and I came home, I had a few songs I wanted to do, and I was like, “Oh my God, he’s playing piano again!”
I don’t know if he was working on it, or he was just like, like, I don, I have to do this song!
I remember the kids were like, Oh my God!
He was playing a piano, too.
We had a little bit of fun playing it, and then we were all so surprised that he did it.
It made me laugh so hard, because we had been in a jam and I thought, Oh, man, he knows how to write songs.
But it was just so funny.
I just remember the one time we were playing it on the plane, we were doing it at a time when he was coming home from his tour.
He just came on the bus and said, “Can you hear me, I’m playing a song?”
He said, No!
I thought he was kidding, but he actually started playing it and I went, “I can’t believe it.”
He was like “That’s me, the greatest song writer in the world!”
I loved it.
The kids loved it too.
They’d go, “What are you doing?”
I said, I just played it to them and they were like “Oh, that’s amazing!”
I remember thinking to myself, “That was so cool!”
It was just a great moment.
He said to me, “When I was young, I was a singer.”
I said to him, “No, I did not.”
He said he just did it because it was the best song he’d ever written.
So it’s just one of those things that you don’t want to remember.
But I love it.
We all do.
I’m so lucky that he’s still alive and I’ve got to write something for him.
What are some of your favorite Marvin Gay songs?
“Love the Way You Lie” is a song that I’ve always been into, but I really love that one.
He’d sing it to us in the middle of the night, and we’d go and get some ice cream.
Then we’d sit around and listen to it.
One time he had us sit there and listen for hours.
He’s the best.
“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” is my favorite song of all time.
I’ve been singing this song all my life, and it’s one that he really loved.
I was sitting around and thinking, Why can’t I get a little satisfaction?
I mean, I’d do this and this and he was doing this, and so I just thought, “It’s time.”
He wrote the song when he went to the studio.
He sang it on a piano.
He played it so well, and they all went home and said it was amazing.
It had such a good chorus, and everybody loved it, so I sang it for him, and said to myself that I’d like to make a song called, “He’s the Greatest Singer in the World.”
He did not disappoint.
He did so much for us, and his songs just kept on being great.
What were some of Marvin Gay’s favorite movie themes?
The movie theme was “The Greatest” for me.
It always made me smile when I heard it.
And “It Happened Here.”
It’s the song that the