You Beat Me to the Punch

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"You Beat Me to the Punch"
Single by Mary Wells
from the album The One Who Really Loves You
B-side Old Love (Let's Try It Again)
Released 1962
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1962
Genre Soul
Length 2:45
Label Motown
M 1032
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson, Ronald White
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
Mary Wells singles chronology
"The One Who Really Loves You"
(1962)
"You Beat Me to the Punch"
(1962)
"Two Lovers"
(1962)

"You Beat Me to the Punch" is a soul single by Motown singer Mary Wells, released on the Motown label in 1962. It was co-written by Smokey Robinson of the Miracles, who was responsible for the majority of hits released by Wells while she was a Motown artist, and another Miracles member, Ronnie White.

Following the success of the previous single, "The One Who Really Loves You", Motown released this record shortly after it was produced and the song performed similar work as "The One Who Really Loves You" did, becoming a Billboard Top 10 Pop smash, peaking at number nine on the pop chart and becoming her first number-one hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart. It also won Wells a Grammy nomination for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.

Like "The One Who Really Loves You" before it, the song was produced with a mock-calypso beat. It inspired an "answer" song by soul singer Gene Chandler called "You Threw A Lucky Punch" which used the same music and different lyrics and became a Pop and R&B chart hit that year.

Covers[edit]

The Temptations did a cover version of the song for their 1965 album The Temptations Sing Smokey. Barbara McNair recorded a version in 1968 for the proposed album "Barbara McNair Sings Smokey." It went unreleased until 2004. Edwin Starr also did a version in 1969, as did Canadian singer Charity Brown in 1974.

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Preceded by
"Green Onions" by Booker T. & The MG's
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
September 22, 1962
Succeeded by
"Green Onions" by Booker T. & The MG's