Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
|"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"|
|Single by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell|
|from the album You're All I Need|
|Released||March 28, 1968|
|Recorded||Hitsville USA; 1967|
|Writer(s)||Ashford & Simpson|
|Producer(s)||Ashford & Simpson|
|Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell singles chronology|
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" is a 1968 single released by American R&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, on the Tamla label in 1968. The B-side of the single is "Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl" from the duo's United LP. The first release off the duo's second album: You're All I Need, the song - written and produced by regular Gaye/Terrell collaborators Ashford & Simpson - became a hit within weeks of release eventually peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, the first of the duo's s two #1 hit R&B hits. In the UK "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" reached #34.
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" is ranked as the 57th biggest U.S. hit of 1968.
Weekly singles charts
- All lead vocals by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
- Background vocals by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
- Produced by Ashford & Simpson
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
"Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" by Stevie Wonder
|Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
June 8, 1968
"Think" by Aretha Franklin
US charting versions
Aretha Franklin remade "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" for her 1974 album Let Me in Your Life from which it was issued as a single (the album's third) that August. Franklin's version radically re-invents the upbeat Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell original as a deep soul ballad which Jon Landau of Rolling Stone dismissed as "misconceived (done too slowly)" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" did not afford Franklin one of her very biggest hits with a Billboard Hot 100 peak of #47 (#6 R&B). However the song did win Franklin the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy for 1974 marking Franklin's eighth total and consecutive win in that category and her last such win until the Grammys for 1981.
Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond, billed as Donny & Marie, remade "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" for their November 1976 album release New Season with the track having a concurrent single release to reach #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1977 also charting Adult Contemporary at #17.
Chris Christian remade "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" in medley with another Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell hit "You're All I Need to Get By" for his Bob Gaudio-produced 1981 album: a duet with Amy Holland, the track "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing/ You're All I Need to Get By" had a single release in the summer of 1982 to reach #88 on Billboard Hot 100 also charting Adult Contemporary at #21. (Amy Holland's husband Michael McDonald would remake "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" for his 2003 album Motown.) Christian's 1986 live album release Live At Six Flags features "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" in medley with "Don't Worry Baby" and "I Go to Pieces".
Marcella Detroit & Elton John version
|"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"|
|Single by Marcella Detroit and Elton John|
|from the album Duets and Jewel|
|Released||2 May 1994|
|Marcella Detroit singles chronology|
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" was recorded by UK singer Elton John and US singer Marcella Detroit for John's 1993 album Duets. After its inclusion on Detroit's album Jewel, the song was released as a single under London Records in May 1994, as the fourth and final song from Duets, and the second single from Jewel, with all b-sides performed solo by Detroit.
- CD Single 1
- "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" — 3:36
- "Break the Chain" — 3:47
- "I Feel Free" — 4:08
- CD Single 2
- "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (Kenny Dope Extended Mix) — 5:48
- "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (Troopa Mood Mix) — 3:43
- "I Feel Free" (Full Cream Mix) — 9:35
- "I Feel Free" (Cry Out Loud Mix) — 5:47
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||24|
- 1969: Diana Ross and the Supremes with The Temptations - album Together
- 1970: The Supremes & The Four Tops - album The Magnificent 7
- 1972: The Jackson 5 - album Lookin' Through the Windows
- 1974: Aretha Franklin - album Let Me in Your Life.
- 1975: The Dynamic Superiors - album "Pure Pleasure."
- 1983: Angela Bofill - album Too Tough as a duet with Boz Scaggs
- 1985: Barry Manilow - album Manilow as a duet with Muffy Hendrix
- 1988: Hazell Dean - album Always as a duet with Darryl Pandy
- 1994: Gladys Knight and Vince Gill - multi-artist album Rhythm, Country and Blues
- 2003 Michael McDonald - album Motown
- 2007: Boyz II Men - album Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
- 2008: Günther Neefs - album My Soul as a duet with Edsilia Rombley
- 2009: Melba Moore and Phil Perry - album The Gift Of Love
- 2010: Trijntje Oosterhuis featuring the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra - album Sundays in New York produced by John Clayton
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- "Top 100 Hits of 1968/Top 100 Songs of 1978". musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "Elton John - Duets at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "Marcella Detroit at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 Asher D – Dyverse". Retrieved 2012-11-25.