Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got

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"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album That's the Way Love Is
B-side "How Can I Forget"
Released December 16, 1969
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1969
Genre Soul
Label Tamla
T 54190
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"What You Gave Me"
"How Can I Forget"/"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"
"The Onion Song"

"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" is a 1967 Soul song, originally recorded and made a hit by Jimmy Ruffin on Motown Records' "Soul" Label imprint.(S-35032) Ruffin's 1967 original version,from his album "Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten", reached the Pop Top 30, peaking at # 29, and was a Top 20 R&B Hit as well, peaking at # 14. It was also a hit in England , reaching # 26 on the UK Chart. The song has a social context: it depicts a man anticipating his release from prison on the morrow, when he'll return home on a train to "the girl that I left behind," promising himself that he will reward her steadfast love for him by "giv[ing] her all the love [he's] got." The song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and produced by Whitfield.

Three years later, his Motown labelmate Marvin Gaye, released the song on the Tamla label in 1970. released from his album, That's the Way Love Is. Gaye's cover version of the song was a modest hit when Gaye released it in early 1970, peaking at number sixty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number twenty-six on the Hot Selling Soul Singles chart.

Still another Motown act, The Temptations,recorded the tune as part of their album "The Temptations Wish It Would Rain. However, it was The Temptations' baritone lead singer , Paul Williams, that sang lead vocals on the song ,rather than Jimmy's brother,Temptation David Ruffin.


Jimmy Ruffin's Original version[edit]

Marvin Gaye version[edit]

Temptations version[edit]