It Only Takes a Minute

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"It Only Takes a Minute" is a 1975 song by Tavares. It would become the group's only Top 10 pop hit in the United States, peaking at #10. It also became their second number one song on the American soul charts. The song was subsequently covered by Jonathan King performing as 100 Ton and a Feather in 1976 and by boy band Take That in 1992.

Chart performances[edit]

Tavares did not release their original version in the UK until 1986 when it could only reach No 46 in the charts. It was the last of their 10 Top 75 hits in the UK charts.

Jonathan King's version peaked at number nine for two weeks in July 1976. It would prove to be the last of his six Top ten UK singles in a career that started in 1965 with "Everyone's Gone to the Moon".

Take That version[edit]

"It Only Takes a Minute"
Single by Take That
from the album Take That & Party
B-side "I Can Make It"
"Never Want to Let You Go"
"Satisfied"
Released June 1, 1992
Format Maxi-CD, CD single, cassette single, vinyl single
Genre Pop, dance
Length 3:46 (Album Version)
3:50 (7" Version)
Label Sony Music
Writer(s) Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
Producer(s) Nigel Wright
Take That singles chronology
"Once You've Tasted Love"
(1992)
"It Only Takes a Minute"
(1992)
"I Found Heaven"
(1992)

Released on June 1, 1992 by boyband Take That, it was the fourth single from the band's debut album, Take That & Party. It became the band's first top ten single, charting at number seven on the UK Singles Chart.[1] A re-mastered version of Tavares' track is featured in the soundtrack of Konami's dancing game Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix. A remix from European producer X-Treme was featured in DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution 7th MIX. The song was performed as conjunction with "Do What U Like" in the Take That Hometown Tour which featured Mini Take That.

Music video[edit]

The music video involves the band singing and performing the song at a boxing ring with members Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen breakdancing whilst Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow chase after a girl.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single (74321 10100 2)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (7" Version) - 3:50
  2. "I Can Make It" - 4:12
  3. "Never Want To Let You Go" - 4:28
  4. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Deep Club Mix) - 5:43
UK 7" vinyl (74321 10100 7)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (7" Version) - 3:50
  2. "Satisfied" - 4:32
UK 7" vinyl (Limited Edition) (74321 10101 7)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (7" Version) - 3:50
  2. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Royal Rave Mix) - 4:46
UK 12" vinyl (74321 10102 7)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Deep Club Mix) - 5:43
  2. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Wright Vocal Mix) - 6:14
  3. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Dem Drums) - 5:19
  4. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Blondapella) - 2:16
  5. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Love Dub) - 7:11
UK cassette (74321 10100 4)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (7" Version) - 3:50
  2. "Satisfied" - 4:32
EU CD single (74321 11100 5)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (7" Version) - 3:50
  2. "I Can Make It" - 4:12
  3. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Wright Vocal Mix) - 6:14
  4. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Deep Club Mix) - 5:43
US CD single (TAKE4)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (7" Version) - 3:50
  2. "It Only Takes A Minute" (New Remix - Radio Version) - 3:25
US 7" vinyl (TAKE14)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (7" Version) - 3:50
  2. "It Only Takes A Minute" (New Remix - Radio Version) - 3:25
US 12" vinyl (TAKE214)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Club Version) - 5:43
  2. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Dub Version) - 6:14
  3. "It Only Takes A Minute" (New Remix - Radio Version) - 3:25
  4. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Underground Vocal) - 6:33
  5. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Underground Instrumental) - 6:33
Japanese 3" CD single (TAKEJAP4)
  1. "It Only Takes A Minute" (7" Version) - 3:50
  2. "It Only Takes A Minute" (Wright Vocal Mix) - 6:14

Official versions[edit]

  • 7" Version (3:50)
  • Album Version (3:46)
  • Deep Club Mix (5:43)
  • Wright Vocal Mix (6:14)
  • New Remix - Radio Version (3:25)
  • Club Version (5:43)
  • Dub Version (6:14)
  • Underground Vocal (6:33)
  • Underground Instrumental (6:33)
  • Royal Rave Mix (4:46)
  • Dem Drums (5:19)
  • Blondapella (2:16)
  • Love Dub (7:11)
  • Live Version (5:34)
  • Tommy Musto Underground Vocal (6:33)
  • Tommy Musto Underground Dub (7:01)
  • Paul Dakeyene DMC Remix (?)*

*Only included as part of the 'Club Megamix' on the "Could It Be Magic" 12" Vinyl, unreleased as full track.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992-93) Peak
position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[2] 25
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 11
Japan (Oricon)[4] 2
UK Singles (Official Chart Company)[1] 7
End of year chart (1992) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "UK Chart Archive".everyHit.com. Retrieved November 15, 2007
  2. ^ name="Lescharts"
  3. ^ "Irish Charts Archive". IrishCharts.ie Retrieved November 15, 2007.
  4. ^ Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)" by The Pointer Sisters
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single (Tavares version)
September 20, 1975
Succeeded by
"Do It Any Way You Wanna" by The People's Choice