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"
"Make It with You"
"It Don't Matter to Me"

"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 singer-songwriter driven soft rock era, reaching number four on the Billboard Easy Listening Top 40.


The song first appeared on Bread's 1970 album On the Waters. Released as a single in June 1970, it would become the group's first top ten and only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S., spending the week of August 22, 1970, at the top spot. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 13 song of 1970.[1] The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. It was also certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies.

When the song was released, Gates' mother was asked by a local interviewer how her son's music career was going. Misunderstanding the song's title, Mrs. Gates replied her son, David, and 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 are amongst those who have recorded cover versions of the song.

It has also been recorded in other languages including Spanish, as "Quiero Hacerte El Amor" with a version by Blvd featuring M C Blvd being popular on the West Coast. Ralfi Pagan reached number 32 on the Billboard R&B chart during an eleven week run in the summer of 1971 with a Latin-soul version of the song, and also by Puerto Rican-American Spanish R&B group Barrio Boyzz in 1993 as "Cerca de Ti" (Close to You).[2]

See also[edit]


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

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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