Your Precious Love
|"Your Precious Love"|
|Single by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell|
|from the album United|
|B-side||"Hold Me Oh My Darling"|
|Released||August 22, 1967|
|Recorded||Hitsville USA; 1967|
|Writer(s)||Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson|
|Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell singles chronology|
"Your Precious Love" is a popular song that was a 1967 hit for Motown singers Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson and produced by Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol, the doo-wop styled recording features background vocals by Fuqua, Gaye, Terrell and Bristol, and instrumentals by The Funk Brothers. The song peaked at #5 on Billboard Pop Singles chart, #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart, and the top 40 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey. The song was later sampled by Gerald Levert on the song, "Your Smile", on his 2002 album, The G Spot.
A cover version by D'Angelo and Erykah Badu was released on the High School High soundtrack album (1996), as well as featured on his "The Best So Far"...compilation album. There was also an a cappella cover of the song by Cedric the Entertainer and Avant figures in a gag sequence in the 2004 MGM film Barbershop 2: Back in Business. Sarah Connor recorded the song as an overdubbed "duet" with Marvin Gaye on her 2007 album Soulicious. Another cover of the song was recorded by Peter Cox of Go West and Easther Bennett of Eternal and appears on Cox's 2006 album Motor City Music (Curb Records).
An earlier cover version by Al Jarreau and Randy Crawford from the album Casino Lights - Recorded Live At Montreux, Switzerland was released in 1982. Also featured on the track are Grammy award winning artists: Larry Carton (guitar), David Sanborn (saxophone), Marcus Miller (Bass) and the Seawind Horns (Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams and Bill Reichenbach). In 1984, father Neil Sedaka and daughter Dara Sedaka reached the Billboard Top 15 of the Adult Contemporary chart with their duet cover version of the song. Fantasia sampled this song on her song "Collard Greens and Cornbread" on her 2010 album Back To Me.
- Lead vocals by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
- Background vocals by Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Johnny Bristol and Harvey Fuqua
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers and Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- Written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
- Produced by Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol
- "Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales". Retrieved May 21, 2009.