Make It with You
|"Make It with You"|
|Single by Bread|
|from the album On the Waters|
|B-side||"Why Do You Keep Me Waiting"|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Bread singles chronology|
"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.
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, 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."
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.
It has also been recorded in Spanish as "Cerca de ti" (Barrio Boyzz, 1993) and "Quiero hacerte el amor" (M.C. Blvd, 1996).
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|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
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