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"
Released January 1960
Genre R&B
Length 2:42
Label Mercury 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 1960 song written by Clyde Otis, Murray Stein and Brook Benton. It was originally recorded 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 the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B sides chart for ten weeks,[1] 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.


Chart (1960) Peak
US Billboard Top Pop Songs 5
US Billboard Hot R&B Sides 1



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 54. 
  2. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis, I'm on Fire Retrieved March 17, 2012.
Preceded by
"Smokie, Part 2" by Bill Black's Combo
Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
February 8, 1960 – April 11, 1960
Succeeded by
"Fannie Mae" by Buster Brown