Baby I Need Your Loving

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"Baby I Need Your Loving"
Single by Four Tops
from the album Four Tops
B-side"Call on Me"
ReleasedJuly 10, 1964
Format7" single
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); July 8, 1964
GenreSoul/pop
Length2:45
LabelMotown
M 1062
Writer(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Four Tops singles chronology
"Pennies From Heaven"
(1962)
"Baby I Need Your Loving"
(1964)
"Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)"
(1964)
 
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"Baby I Need Your Loving"
Single by Four Tops
from the album Four Tops
B-side"Call on Me"
ReleasedJuly 10, 1964
Format7" single
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); July 8, 1964
GenreSoul/pop
Length2:45
LabelMotown
M 1062
Writer(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Four Tops singles chronology
"Pennies From Heaven"
(1962)
"Baby I Need Your Loving"
(1964)
"Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)"
(1964)

"Baby I Need Your Loving" is a 1964 hit single recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland,[1] the song was the group's first Motown single and their first pop Top 20 hit, making it to number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1964. It was also their first million-selling hit single.

British group The Fourmost released their version of this song, reaching #24 in November 1964. A surviving episode of the trendy 1960s TV music series Ready Steady Go! shows them performing the song.

The Supremes covered the song in 1966 in their The Supremes A' Go Go album.

The song was recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1967. His version, titled "Baby I Need Your Lovin'", was released as a single, and became a number-three hit on the Billboard pop chart. It was also performed as a duet by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell on their 1969 album, Easy.

O.C. Smith covered it and took it to #52 in 1970, and yet again by Eric Carmen in 1979, who took it to #62. Sandie Shaw has also recorded a version, as did Carl Carlton (1982), Gene Pitney, and British pop group Dreamhouse (1998).

Rolling Stone ranked The Four Tops' original version of the song at #390 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 2000, Westlife performed the song for the medley part of their Where the Dreams Come True Tour.

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Johnny Rivers' version[edit]

"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"
Single by Johnny Rivers
from the album Rewind
Released1967
Format7" single
GenreR&B, Soul, Rock, Folk
Length3:08
LabelImperial Records
Writer(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Johnny Rivers singles chronology
"Poor Side of Town"
(1966)
"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"
(1967)
"The Tracks of My Tears"
(1967)

"Baby, I Need Your Lovin'" was a slower, 1967 cover by Johnny Rivers. It reached #3 on Billboard Hot 100, topping the original version in chart performance. It is included on his 1967 album Rewind.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 50 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Blaine, Hal, with David Goggin, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, MixBooks, Emeryville, California, 1990

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