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"Just a Little Misunderstanding" (G7052) is a 1966 song by Motown Records R&B group The Contours on the company's Gordy subsidiary label. It was composed by Stevie Wonder, along with Motown staff songwriters Clarence Paul and Morris Broadnax.[1] The song did not appear on any original Contours studio album. Paul and Motown A&R Director William "Mickey" Stevenson were the song's producers, and Wonder plays drums on the recording.[2]

"Just a Little Misunderstanding"
Single by The Contours
Format7" single
RecordedHitsville USA (Studio A); 1966
Songwriter(s)Stevie Wonder
Clarence Paul
Morris Broadnax
Producer(s)Clarence Paul
William "Mickey" Stevenson
The Contours singles chronology
"First I Look at the Purse"
"Just a Little Misunderstanding"
"It's So Hard Being a Loser" / "Your Love Grows More Precious Everyday"



This song was not a big chart success, only reaching # 85 on the Billboard Hot 100. It did much better on the Billboard R&B chart,however, reaching the Top 20, peaking at #18. It was also a Top 40 hit in England in 1970, reaching # 31 on the British UK Chart.[citation needed] The first hit by the group that did not feature original lead singer Billy Gordon, "Just a Little Misunderstanding" featured lead vocals by his replacement, Joseph Stubbs, who previously sang for the Detroit-based R&B group The Falcons.[3][4]

In this hard-driving, uptempo song, Stubbs, as the song's narrator, portrays a man trying to apologize to his wife for his bad behavior, only to find out that she is about to leave him.[5]

This was Stubbs' only lead on a Contours single. Shortly after this song was recorded, Stubbs left the Contours and Motown.[6] Stubbs' lead spot in the Contours was taken by future Temptation Dennis Edwards on the group's next single release,"It's So Hard Being a Loser" b/w "Your Love Grows More Precious Everyday".Stubbs went on to Holland-Dozier-Holland's Hot Wax label, and became lead singer of the group 100 Proof (Aged in Soul).

Albums and coversEdit

Just a Little Misunderstanding has appeared on several Contours' "Greatest Hits" CD compilations on the Motown label,[7] including the 1999 CD release, "The Very Best of The Contours",[8] along with the 2003 CD release "The Best of The Contours-The Millennium Collection",[9] and has inspired cover versions and samples by The Supremes, and Hip-Hop artist Cam'ron, as part of his song "My Job".[10] It was recorded by The Jackson Five during the sessions for their LP Third Album, but was unreleased.[11]


External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Morris Broadnax Page". 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  2. ^ a b "Contours". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  3. ^ "Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks: The Falcons". 1959-03-16. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  4. ^ "The Falcons Page". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  5. ^ "The Contours: Just A Little Misunderstanding Lyrics". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  6. ^ "The Contours Page". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  7. ^ "Just a Little Misunderstanding - The Contours". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  8. ^ "The Very Best of The Contours: Music". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  9. ^ "20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection: Music". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  10. ^ "Diana Ross and The Supremes's Just a Little Misunderstanding cover of The Contours's Just a Little Misunderstanding". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  11. ^ "jackson 5 - just a little misunderstanding". YouTube. 1971-04-29. Retrieved 2013-12-04.