How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
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|"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"|
|Single by Marvin Gaye|
|from the album How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You|
|Recorded||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1964|
|Genre||Soul; early pop rock|
|Producer(s)||Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier|
|Marvin Gaye singles chronology|
Marvin Gaye (1964)
Produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, Marvin Gaye released the song as a single in September 1964. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in January 1965 and No. 3 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart. Up to that point, it was Gaye's most successful single with record sales exceeding 900,000 copies. The song's personnel includes Marvin Gaye on lead vocals, The Andantes on background vocals, and The Funk Brothers on rhythm and percussion. Gaye also released a German-language version of the song entitled "Wie Schön Das Ist".
Notable cover versions
Since Marvin Gaye's original 1964 release, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" has been covered by artists in an array of genres including soul, pop, gospel, folk, and country.
Jr. Walker & the All Stars (1966)
In 1966, Jr. Walker & the All Stars released the song as a single which reached No. 3 on the R&B Singles chart and No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
James Taylor (1975)
James Taylor's 1975 single has been the most successful cover version to date, hitting No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition to James Taylor on lead vocals and guitar, other personnel include Carly Simon on harmony vocals and David Sanborn on saxophone.
Other notable cover versions have been released by the Jerry Garcia Band, Cissy Houston (whose gospel version appears on her 1966 album, Face to Face), Michael Bublé (included on his album, It's Time), Karen Dalton (recorded for her 1971 folk album, In My Own Time), Joan Osborne (released on her album of the same title), Kenny Rogers, and Jimmy Needham (appearing on his album, Nightlights).
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