(I Know) I'm Losing You

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"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Single by The Temptations
from the album The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul
B-side "I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To"
Released November 2, 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); September 12 & September 16, 1966
Genre R&B, soul
Length 2:30
Label Gordy
G 7057
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Edward Holland, Jr.
Cornelius Grant
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
The Temptations singles chronology
"Beauty Is Only Skin Deep"
(1966)
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
(1966)
"All I Need"
(1967)
The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul track listing
  1. "(I Know) I'm Losing You"
  2. "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone"
  3. "All I Need"
  4. "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need"
  5. "No More Water in the Well"
  6. "Save My Love For a Rainy Day"
  7. "Just One Last Look"
  8. "Sorry Is a Sorry Word"
  9. "You're My Everything"
  10. "Now That You've Won Me"
  11. "Two Sides to Love"
  12. "Don't Send Me Away"
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Single by Rare Earth
from the album Ecology
Released July 1970
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); 1970
Genre Rock, progressive rock
Length 3:36 (single edit)
10:56 (album version)
Label Rare Earth
R 5021
Producer(s) Rare Earth
Rare Earth singles chronology
"Get Ready"
(1970)
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
(1970)
"Born to Wander"
(1970)
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Every Picture Tells a Story
B-side "Mandolin Wind"
Released 1971
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 5:23 (album version)
3:40 (single edit)
Label Mercury
Rod Stewart chronology
"Maggie May"
(1971)
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
(1971)
"Handbags & Gladrags"
(1972)
Faces chronology
"Stay with Me"
(1971)
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
(1971)
"Cindy Incidentally"
(1972)
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Single by Uptown
Released 1983
Format 12"
Genre Electronic dance music
Length 4:05
Label Oak Lawn Records
OLR-121
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Edward Holland, Jr.
Cornelius Grant
Producer(s) Jack Malken , Scott Yahney, (Associate producer: David Hilzendager), (Associate producer: Ray Cooper)

"(I Know) I'm Losing You" is a 1966 hit single recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label[1] and produced by Norman Whitfield.

History[edit]

This song was another step away from the group's softer records recorded with Smokey Robinson as producer, a change that Whitfield had begun with "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" earlier in the year. "I'm Losing You" features a much more dramatic arrangement than most contemporary Motown songs: a rock-styled guitar riff (devised by Temptations road manager/band director Cornelius Grant), sharp horn blasts, and the Temptations' doo-wop vocals paint the backdrop for one of David Ruffin's trademark raspy lead vocals.

As The Funk Brothers keep time with the song's James Brown-inspired beat, Ruffin pointedly accuses his lover of gradually slipping away from him. The closing vocal riff to the song's chorus had the other four Temptations call out an extended "losing you...!" shout in falsetto. The choreography for the line, with each member cupping their hands around their mouths as they shout the line out, became a Temptations standard.

"I'm Losing You" was a number-one hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart, and reached number eight on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.[2] The single was included as the anchoring track for the summer 1967 album The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul.

The Temptations performed the song live on the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on May 28, 1967,[3] and in a duet with Diana Ross & the Supremes later that year, on November 19, 1967.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Among the most notable covers of "I'm Losing You" was a 1970 version by Motown rock band Rare Earth for their Ecology album. Rare Earth's ten-minute cover was edited for single release, and peaked one position higher than the Temptations' original on the U.S. pop charts, at number seven.
  • The song was later covered by Faces and released on lead singer Rod Stewart's 1971 solo album Every Picture Tells a Story (due to contractual restrictions, the name "Faces" could not be mentioned).
  • During the 1980s, on a Dallas, Texas-based Oak Lawn Records label, the song was covered by the group Uptown and transformed into an upbeat dance tune. This version achieved popularity at Dallas' famed Starck nightclub due to early play by DJ Rick Squillante and became a standard in many U.S. nightclubs, reaching the No. 80 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1987.
  • The Jackson 5 also cover the song on their debut album Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5.
  • Richie Kotzen, former member of the bands Poison and Mr. Big, covered the song on his 2008 album Live in São Paulo. His cover was based on the Faces version.
  • In 1993, the Muzak company contracted Disk Eyes Productions[5] to create the elevator music instrumental version, featuring current and former members of the Tower of Power rhythm and horn section.

Personnel[edit]

Temptations version

Rare Earth version

Rod Stewart/Faces version

Uptown version

  • Arranged by Scott Yahney

References[edit]

Preceded by
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The Supremes
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single (The Temptations version)
December 24, 1966 – December 31, 1966 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville