Baby (You've Got What It Takes)

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"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)"
Single by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
from the album The Two of Us
B-side"I Do"
ReleasedJanuary 1960
LabelMercury Records: AMT 1083
Songwriter(s)Clyde Otis, Murray Stein, Brook Benton
Producer(s)Clyde Otis
Dinah Washington and Brook Benton singles chronology
"What a Diff'rence a Day Made"
"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)"
"A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)"

"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" is a 1950's song written by Clyde Otis, Murray Stein and Brook Benton.

Originally titled "You've Got What It Takes", the song was first recorded by Benton's sister,[1] Dorothy Pay, in 1958, as the B-side of her single "Strollin' with My Baby" on Mercury 71277.[2][3] It was then recorded more successfully as a duet by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton, in their first collaboration. The single was very successful on both the pop and R&B charts. "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B sides chart for ten weeks,[4] becoming one of the most successful R&B singles of the 1960s. The single, with the song title styled "BABY (You've Got What It Takes)", included orchestra arranged and conducted by Belford Hendricks.


Dinah Washington and Brook Benton[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Billboard Hot R&B Sides 1



  1. ^ "Team effort of Benton and Otis spawns string of hits", Ebony, May 1963, p.46
  2. ^ "You've Got What It Takes", Secondhand Songs. Retrieved 12 January 2018
  3. ^ Singles Discography for Mercury Records - 71000 series, Global Dog Productions. Retrieved 12 January 2018
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 54.
  5. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis, I'm on Fire Retrieved March 17, 2012.