Baby (You've Got What It Takes)

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Not to be confused with "You Got What It Takes" by Marv Johnson.
"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)"
Single by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton
B-side "I Do"
Released 1960
Genre R&B
Length 2:42
Label Mercury Records
Writer(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.


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