Baby I Need Your Loving



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Johnny Rivers - Baby I Need Your Loving (Ed Sullivan Show 1967)

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"Baby I Need Your Loving"
Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving.jpg
Single by Four Tops
from the album Four Tops
B-side"Call on Me"
ReleasedJuly 10, 1964
Format7" single
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); July 8, 1964
GenreSoul, pop
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Four Tops singles chronology

"Baby I Need Your Loving" is a 1964 hit single recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland,[1] the song was the group's first Motown single and their first pop Top 20 hit, making it to number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1964. It was also their first million-selling hit single. Rolling Stone ranked The Four Tops' original version of the song at #390 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2]


  • 1 Personnel
  • 2 Johnny Rivers' version
  • 3 Cover versions
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


  • Lead vocals by Levi Stubbs.
  • Background Vocals by Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Lawrence Payton, Abdul "Duke" Fakir and The Andantes: Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow, and Louvain Demps.
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (strings).
  • Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr..
  • Produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier.

Johnny Rivers' version

"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"
Baby I Need Your Lovin' - Johnny Rivers.jpg
Single by Johnny Rivers
from the album Rewind
B-side"Gettin' Ready For Tomorrow"
Format7" single
GenreR&B, soul, rock, folk
Producer(s)Lou Adler
Johnny Rivers singles chronology

"Baby, I Need Your Lovin'" was a slower, 1967 cover by Johnny Rivers. It reached #3 on Billboard Hot 100, topping the original version in chart performance.[citation needed] It is included on his 1967 album Rewind.


  • Lead vocals by Johnny Rivers.
  • Background vocals by The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Jean King.
  • Drums by Hal Blaine[3]
  • Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr..

Cover versions

The Fourmost released their version of this song, reaching #24 in the UK in November 1964.[citation needed] O.C. Smith covered it and took it to #52 in 1970.[citation needed] Eric Carmen took it to #62 in 1979.[citation needed] Marvin Gaye also covered it as a duet twice, first with Kim Weston in 1966 and later with Tammi Terrell in 1969.


  • Hits Of The Sixties: The Million Sellers - By Demitri Coryton and Joseph Murrells (pg 100).
  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 50 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. 
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Blaine, Hal, with David Goggin, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, MixBooks, Emeryville, California, 1990

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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