THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
183-Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye-You Are Everything.
1974-Number 5 single.
Best Bit-At 1.05. These days duets in Pop Music are commonplace, but back in 1973 it was still quite rare. The current thinking being, if two fan-bases are brought together, then they will sell twice as many records.
‘You Are Everything is the opening track of 10 released on the Diana Ross, and Marvin Gaye duets Album ‘Diana & Marvin’ recorded between 1971-1973, and released in October 1973. In total five of the tracks were issued as singles in different territories worldwide, but ‘You Are Everything’ was never released as a single in America, probably as the original version from ‘The Stylistics’ had reached Number 9 on Billboard only two years earlier. In the UK the song at that time was relatively unknown as it had not been a hit when issued by The Stylistics.
Initially Marvin Gaye (1939-1984) (see also best songs 723 and 114) didn’t want anything to do with the project. He had made himself a promise that he would never again record a duet with a female artist, because he felt that they were cursed by him recording with them. Mary Wells (1943-1992) career had never recovered after she left Motown, Kim Weston had also left the label abruptly, and Tammi Terrell (1945-1970) had developed a brain tumour, which later resulted in her death. Gaye did change his mind when it was pointed out to him that it would increase his popularity, he even, after much quibbling agreed to Diana Ross’ (see also best songs 1001-900-519-411-365-212-148 and 28) name in front of his on the billing, which was something that had never happened with his three previous partners.
‘You Are Everything’ was co-written by Thom Bell, and Linda Creed, (1948-1986) (see also best songs 765) and was produced by Hal Davis (1933-1998.) In 1971 both Bell and Creed had teamed up with The Stylistics, and worked on their first three studio Albums. In 1972 Bell agreed to produce the ex Motown group ‘The Spinners,’ (see also best songs 834) and stayed with them on the ‘Atlantic Records’ label for the next seven years, producing eight Albums with the band, including the Billboard Number 1 single ‘Then Came You,’ which featured the vocals of Dionne Warwick. Tom Bell was also responsible for producing the song ‘Are You Ready For Love’ in 1977 for Elton John, which when remixed in 2003 gave Elton his second UK Number 1 solo chart topper.
‘Today I saw somebody who looked just like you, she walked like you do, I thought it was you. As she turned the corner I called out your name, I felt so ashamed when it wasn’t you, wasn’t you, oh, oh.’