Your Precious Love

"Your Precious Love" is a popular song that was a 1967 hit for Motown singers Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The song was written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and produced by Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol. The doo-wop styled recording features background vocals by Fuqua, Gaye, Terrell and Bristol, and instrumentals by The Funk Brothers with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The song peaked at #5 on Billboard Pop Singles chart,[1] #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart, and the top 40 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey.[2][3] The song was later sampled by Gerald Levert on the song, "Your Smile", on his 2002 album, The G Spot.

"Your Precious Love"
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Single by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
from the album United
B-side"Hold Me Oh My Darling"
ReleasedAugust 22, 1967 (1967-08-22)
RecordedHitsville USA; February 13 & 17; March 23, 1967
GenreSoul, pop
T 54156
Songwriter(s)Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Producer(s)Harvey Fuqua
Johnny Bristol
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell singles chronology
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
"Your Precious Love"
"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You"

Billboard described the single as "a soulful blues ballad."[4] Billboard also felt that both "Your Precious Love" and its b-side "Hold Me Oh My Darling" had equal sales potential as the duos previous hit single "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."[4]

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  1. ^ "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Retrieved May 21, 2009.
  2. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7: 1967 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225.
  4. ^ a b "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). Billboard. September 2, 1967. p. 18. Retrieved 2021-02-25.