Baby I Need Your Loving

"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. Rolling Stone ranked The Four Tops' original version of the song at #390 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2]

"Baby I Need Your Loving"
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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
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Four Tops singles chronology
"Pennies from Heaven"
"Baby I Need Your Loving"
"Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)"


Johnny Rivers' versionEdit

"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"
Single by Johnny Rivers
from the album Rewind
B-side"Gettin' Ready for Tomorrow"
Format7" single
GenreR&B, soul, rock, folk
Length3:08 (album)
3:18 (single)
Producer(s)Lou Adler
Johnny Rivers singles chronology
"Poor Side of Town"
"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"
"The Tracks of My Tears"

"Baby I Need Your Lovin'" was covered in 1967 by Johnny Rivers, who performed it at a somewhat slower tempo. It reached #3 on Billboard Hot 100, topping the original version in chart performance.[3] It is included on his 1967 album Rewind.


Cover versionsEdit


  • Hits of the Sixties: The Million Sellers - By Demitri Coryton and Joseph Murrells, p. 100.
  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 50 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ Blaine, Hal, with David Goggin, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, MixBooks, Emeryville, California, 1990
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  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X

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