I Don't Want to Take a Chance

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"I Don't Want to Take a Chance"
Single by Mary Wells
from the album Bye Bye Baby/I Don't Want to Take a Chance
Released 1961
Format 7" single
Recorded 1961, Hitsville USA
Genre Soul
Length 2:49
Label Motown
M 1011
Writer(s) Berry Gordy
William "Mickey" Stevenson
Producer(s) Berry Gordy
Mary Wells singles chronology
"Bye Bye Baby"
(1960)
"I Don't Want to Take a Chance"
(1961)
"Strange Love"
(1961)

"I Don't Want to Take a Chance" is a single released by Mary Wells in 1961 on the Motown label. It was the second single release from Wells, who hit the charts with her Jackie Wilson-esque "Bye Bye Baby".

While that song was able to reach the top fifty of the pop singles chart, the string-laden follow-up performed better reaching number thirty-three on the US pop chart and peaking at number-nine on the R&B singles chart.

The song became one of the first nationally-released Motown singles to reach the top forty on the pop chart after Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" and The Miracles' "Shop Around".

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