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You've Made Me So Very Happy

"You've Made Me So Very Happy" is a song written by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson and Berry Gordy, and was released first as a single in 1967 by Brenda Holloway on the Tamla label. The song was later a huge hit for jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1969, and became a Gold record.

"You've Made Me So Very Happy"
Single by Brenda Holloway
from the album Hurtin' & Cryin (canceled) & The Artistry of Brenda Holloway (non-US)
B-side"I've Got to Find It"
ReleasedAugust 17, 1967
Format
RecordedJuly 21, 1967
StudioHitsville West Studios, Los Angeles
GenreSoul
Length
  • 2:54 (7" version)
  • 2:52 ("16 Big Hits" stereo mix)
LabelTamla
Songwriter(s)Berry Gordy, Jr., Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson
Producer(s)Frank Wilson, Berry Gordy, Jr.
Brenda Holloway singles chronology
"Just Look What You've Done"
(1967)
"You've Made Me So Very Happy"
(1967)
"Give Me a Little Inspiration"
(1988)
"You've Made Me So Very Happy"
You've Made Me So Very Happy BST.jpg
Single by Blood, Sweat & Tears
from the album Blood, Sweat & Tears
B-side"Blues – Part II"
Released1969
Format7"
Recorded1968
GenreJazz rock, soft rock[1]
Length4:19 (LP)
3:26 (single)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Berry Gordy Jr., Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson
Producer(s)James William Guercio
Blood, Sweat & Tears singles chronology
"I Can't Quit Her"
(1968)
"You've Made Me So Very Happy"
(1969)
"Spinning Wheel"
(1969)

OverviewEdit

RecordingEdit

By 1967, Brenda Holloway had been recording for Motown Records since 1964 and had struggled with Berry Gordy over control of her music, alleging that Gordy had forced her to sing Mary Wells' "leftover tracks" after the Motown singer left the label in 1964. Some of the songs in question included modest hits such as "When I'm Gone" and "Operator". Holloway was planning to release her long-awaited second album, Hurtin' & Cryin, which had released "Just Look What You've Done" as the leading track, but for unknown reasons the record was shelved. Along with her sister Patrice, using music provided by Frank Wilson and with additional help from Gordy himself, Holloway co-wrote "You've Made Me So Very Happy". Coincidentally, Holloway recorded the song after a breakup with a boyfriend.

Release and reactionEdit

Reaction to the song was stronger than Holloway's previous offerings, rising to number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming Holloway's third Top-40 pop single.[2] The song peaked at number 40 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.[3] Shortly after the release of the song, Holloway left Motown and the song was eventually featured on the "second" Holloway album, The Artistry of Brenda Holloway. After two more years singing background for acts such as Joe Cocker, Holloway retired to marry a preacher and have a family. Holloway would eventually return to music full-time by the mid-1990s. Meanwhile, Holloway's song got a boost when the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears covered it in 1969.[4] The song became one of the group's biggest hits, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in April 1969[5] The song was kept from the number 1 spot by Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension.[6] Outside the US, "You've Made Me So Very Happy", went to number 35 in the United Kingdom in May of that year.[7]

Cover versionsEdit

Chart historyEdit

Brenda Holloway versionEdit

Chart (1967) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 39
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 40

Blood, Sweat & Tears versionEdit

Chart (1969) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[8] 18
UK Singles Chart 35

PersonnelEdit

Brenda Holloway versionEdit

Blood, Sweat & Tears versionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Farley, Keith. "Songs You Know by Heart: Songs of Love - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 289.
  3. ^ "Brenda Holloway Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  4. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 25 - The Soul Reformation: Phase two, the Motown story. [Part 4] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 68
  6. ^ The Hot 100 (The week of April 12, 1969) at www.billboard.com
  7. ^ Official Charts Company info OfficialCharts.com. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 30.

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