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If I Could Build My Whole World Around You

"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" is a popular song recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967 and released in November 14, 1967. Written by Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, and Vernon Bullock, the single was Gaye & Terrell's third single together and the second to go Top Ten on both the Pop and R&B charts of Billboard, peaking at number ten and number two, respectively.

"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You"
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Single by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
from the album United
B-side "If This World Were Mine"
Released November 14, 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; March 16 & 21, 1967
Genre Soul/pop
Length 2:26
Label Tamla
Songwriter(s) Harvey Fuqua
Johnny Bristol
Vernon Bullock
Producer(s) Harvey Fuqua
Johnny Bristol
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell singles chronology
"Your Precious Love"
"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" / "If This World Were Mine"
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"

The duo's vocals go back and forth as they described what could be if either was able to "build a world" around their loved one. It was one of few songs that set the duo apart from other R&B duos of the time. In time, this song among other legendary duets by the two soul icons would become the landmark for R&B duets to this day. The song was also one of the few songs that was written by someone other than Ashford & Simpson, who had written several hit songs for the duo.

Marc Broussard covered this song for his 2007 album SOS: Save Our Soul. Swedish Pop Idol winner Agnes Carlsson covered this song with Erik Hassle in 2009 for her UK debut album Dance Love Pop.


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