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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
54161
Songwriter(s) Harvey Fuqua
Johnny Bristol
Vernon Bullock
Producer(s) Harvey Fuqua
Johnny Bristol
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell singles chronology
"Your Precious Love"
(1967)
"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" / "If This World Were Mine"
(1967)
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
(1968)

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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