Who's Making Love

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"Who's Making Love"
Single by Johnnie Taylor
from the album Who's Making Love...
STS-2005
A-side "Who's Making Love"
B-side "I'm Trying"
Released 1968 (1968)
Recorded 1968
Genre Memphis soul
Length 2:47
Label Stax
STA-0009
Writer(s) Homer Banks
Bettye Crutcher
Don Davis
Raymond Jackson
Producer(s) Don Davis

"Who's Making Love" is a single written by Stax staffers Homer Banks, Bettye Crutcher, Don Davis and Raymond Jackson, and recorded by singer Johnnie Taylor.

Released on the Stax label in the late summer of 1968, the single became Taylor's breakthrough single, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart and number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It became one of the few singles Taylor would become primarily known for in the mainstream. The song featured Stax in-house band Booker T. & the MG's, and Isaac Hayes (on keyboards) and was Taylor's best-selling single to date before the release of "Disco Lady" almost a decade later.

According to Bettye Crutcher, the lyrics were inspired by the 1920s novelty song "Who Takes Care of the Caretaker's Daughter (While the Caretaker's Busy Taking Care)".[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1

Cover versions[edit]

Tony Joe White covered the song on his 1968 album "Black and White". The Blues Brothers released a cover version as a single in 1980, which reached #39 on the US charts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 568. 
  2. ^ Rob Bowman, Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records, p.163

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Hey, Western Union Man" by Jerry Butler
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
November 23, 1968 – December 7, 1968 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye