Baby (You've Got What It Takes)
"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" is a 1950's song written by Clyde Otis and Murray Stein.
|"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)"|
|Single by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton|
|from the album The Two of Us|
|Label||Mercury Records: AMT 1083|
|Songwriter(s)||Clyde Otis, Murray Stein|
|Dinah Washington and Brook Benton singles chronology|
Originally titled "You've Got What It Takes", the song was first recorded by Brook Benton's sister, Dorothy Pay, in 1958, as the B-side of her single "Strollin' with My Baby" on Mercury 71277. In August 1959, Brook Benton partnered with Dinah Washington to record the song as "BABY, You've Got What It Takes". Their version, released in January 1960, was hugely successful on both the pop and R&B charts, with music arranged and conducted by Belford Hendricks, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B sides chart for ten weeks, becoming one of the most successful R&B singles of the 1960s. The song was also featured on their 1960 duet album, The Two of Us.
Dinah Washington and Brook BentonEdit
|US Billboard Hot 100||5|
|US Billboard Hot R&B Sides||1|
- Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife, Linda Gail Lewis recorded a duet version on a 1965 single.
- Charlie Louvin and Melba Montgomery recorded a duet version on their 1971 album, Baby, You've Got What It Takes, with the single peaking at #30 on the country charts.
- Kevin Mahogany included it as a duet with Jeanie Bryson in his 1995 album You Got What It Takes.
- Martha Davis and Ivan Neville recorded a version in 1996 for the film A Smile Like Yours, starring Greg Kinnear and Joan Cusack.
- Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis recorded a duet version on their 2000 album, You Win Again.
- Nellie McKay's version with Taj Mahal in the soundtrack of the 2005 movie Rumor Has It....
- Michael Bublé's recording (featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) from his 2009 album, Crazy Love was featured during season 6 (week 4) of So You Think You Can Dance.
- "Team effort of Benton and Otis spawns string of hits", Ebony, May 1963, p.46
- "You've Got What It Takes", Secondhand Songs. Retrieved 12 January 2018
- Singles Discography for Mercury Records - 71000 series, Global Dog Productions. Retrieved 12 January 2018
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 54.
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