Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)

"Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" is a song written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, released as a single by the Four Tops on the ABC/Dunhill record label, from the album Keeper of the Castle. It peaked at number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 the weeks of April 7 and 14, 1973,[1][2] number one on the Cash Box Top 100 the latter of those two weeks,[3] and became a gold record.

"Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)"
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Single by Four Tops
from the album Keeper of the Castle
B-side"The Good Lord Knows"
ReleasedJanuary 1973
Recorded1972
GenreSoul
Length3:04
LabelABC/Dunhill
Songwriter(s)Dennis Lambert
Brian Potter
Producer(s)Dennis Lambert
Four Tops singles chronology
"Keeper of the Castle"
(1972)
"Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)"
(1973)
"Are You Man Enough?"
(1973)
Alternative cover
45 RPM single sleeve
45 RPM single sleeve

The song was originally recorded by the singing trio of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds and released on their 1972 album, Hallway Symphony.

The Four Tops' hit version was led by longtime singer Levi Stubbs, and included special co-lead spots by the other Tops, Lawrence Payton, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Abdul "Duke" Fakir, in that respective order during the chorus. The song explains the love a man feels for the woman with whom he is having a relationship.

It was their second single release on ABC after leaving Motown in 1972, and became their most successful post-Motown top 40 hit, reaching number four on the US Pop Singles chart. It was also another big success for the group on the US R&B Singles chart, where it peaked at number two.

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1973) Peak
position
Canadian RPM [4] 11
U.S. Adult Contemporary 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 [3] 1
U.S. R&B 2

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1973) Position
U.S. Billboard [5] 60
U.S. Cash Box [6] 38

Other cover versionsEdit

Additional versions include Bloodfire Posse; Mel Brown; East Coast Band; The Friends of Distinction; Home T; Kashif; Louie; Johnny Mathis; and Melvin Sparks. The song was later reinterpreted by Jay-Z and Foxy Brown in their 1996 hit, "Ain't No Nigga".

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Hot 100, Week of April 7, 1973 – Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2020
  2. ^ The Hot 100, Week of April 14, 1973 – Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2020
  3. ^ a b "Cash Box Top 100 4/14/73".
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  6. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1973". Retrieved 2016-06-25.

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