Giving You the Best That I Got (song)

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"Giving You the Best That I Got"
Single by Anita Baker
from the album Giving You the Best That I Got
B-side "Good Enough"
Released September 1988
Format 7" (45 rpm), cassingle
Genre R&B, soul jazz, quiet storm
Length 3:54 (Single Version)
4:18 (Album Version)
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Anita Baker, Skip Scarborough, Randy Holland
Producer(s) Michael J. Powell
Anita Baker singles chronology
"Ain't No Need to Worry" (with The Winans)
(1987)
"Giving You the Best That I Got"
(1988)
"Just Because"
(1989)

"Giving You the Best That I Got" is a song by American R&B recording artist Anita Baker (see 1988 in music). The song appears on Baker's album of the same name, which was released in the fall of that year. The song was written by Baker, Skip Scarborough and Randy Holland.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was Baker's highest charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number three in December 1988.[1] It also spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart in November 1988, Baker's first number one on this tally.[1] In addition, the song spent one week atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart in December 1988.[2]

Awards[edit]

The song "Giving You the Best That I Got" was released prior to the Grammy Awards eligibility cutoff date of September 30, allowing it to be nominated for four awards at the Grammy Awards of 1989. The song won in the categories Best Female R&B Vocal performance and Best R&B Song; it was also nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The album Giving You the Best That I Got was released in October 1988, meaning that it would not be eligible for Grammy consideration until the 1990 ceremony. There, Baker's album won in the category Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, earning her the same award two years running for a song and album of the same title.

Songwriter Skip Scarborough had offered the song to various singers, including Howard Hewett, without success. Prior to recording the song, Baker made some changes to the original, including improvising a scat opening and requesting that the tempo of the song be increased.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position[3][4]
New Zealand Singles 25
UK Singles Chart 55
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
US Adult Contemporary Tracks 1

See also[edit]

billboard hot year end chart 1989 #10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ New Zealand Charts> Anita Baker.charts.org.nz
  4. ^ UK Singles> Anita Baker.officialcharts.com

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