Make It with You

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For the Peggy Lee album, see Make It with You (album).
"Make It with You"
Single by Bread
from the album On the Waters
B-side "Why Do You Keep Me Waiting"
Released June 1970
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:18
Label Elektra
Writer(s) David Gates
Producer(s) David Gates
Bread singles chronology
"Could I"
(1969)
"Make It with You"
(1970)
"It Don't Matter to Me"
(1970)

"Make It with You" is a song written by David Gates and originally recorded by the pop-rock group Bread, of which Gates was a member. The song was well received by easy-listening stations at the beginning of the soft-rock era, reaching #4 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart.

Release[edit]

The song first appeared on Bread's 1970 album, On the Waters. Released as a single that June, it was the group's first top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent the week of August 22, 1970, at number one, their only single to do so; it also reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart. Billboard ranked "Make It with You" as the #13 song of 1970,[1] and it was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies.

When the song was released, David Gates's mother was asked by a local interviewer how her son's music career was going. Misunderstanding the song's title, she replied that his group had just recorded a song called "Naked with You."

Cover versions[edit]

The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, the Originals, the Main Ingredient, the Whispers, Marc Anthony, Teddy Pendergrass, Don Julian & the Larks, Let Loose, Dennis Brown, Andy Williams, Lou Donaldson, Tony Mottola, and Marc Cohn have all recorded cover versions of "Make It with You." Ralfi Pagan reached #32 on the Billboard R&B chart in the summer of 1971 with a Latin-soul version of the song.[2]

It has also been recorded in Spanish as "Cerca de ti" (Barrio Boyzz, 1993) and "Quiero hacerte el amor" (M.C. Blvd, 1996).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1970
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn Top R&B Singles 1942 - 2004 ISBN 0-89820-160-8

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"(They Long to Be) Close to You" by The Carpenters
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 22, 1970
Succeeded by
"War" by Edwin Starr