Baby I Need Your Loving

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"Baby I Need Your Loving"
Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving.jpg
Single by Four Tops
from the album Four Tops
B-side "Call on Me"
Released July 10, 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); July 8, 1964
Genre Soul, pop
Length 2:45
Label Motown
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Four Tops singles chronology
"Pennies from Heaven"
"Baby I Need Your Loving"
"Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)"

"Baby I Need Your Loving" is a 1964 hit single recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland,[1] the song was the group's first Motown single and their first pop Top 20 hit, making it to number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1964. It was also their first million-selling hit single. Rolling Stone ranked The Four Tops' original version of the song at #390 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2]


Johnny Rivers' version[edit]

"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"
Baby I Need Your Lovin' - Johnny Rivers.jpg
Single by Johnny Rivers
from the album Rewind
B-side "Gettin' Ready For Tomorrow"
Released 1967
Format 7" single
Genre R&B, soul, rock, folk
Length 3:08
Label Imperial
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Lou Adler
Johnny Rivers singles chronology
"Poor Side of Town"
"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"
"The Tracks of My Tears"

"Baby, I Need Your Lovin'" was a slower, 1967 cover by Johnny Rivers. It reached #3 on Billboard Hot 100, topping the original version in chart performance.[citation needed] It is included on his 1967 album Rewind.


Cover versions[edit]

The Fourmost released their version of this song, reaching #24 in the UK in November 1964.[citation needed] O.C. Smith covered it and took it to #52 in 1970.[citation needed] Eric Carmen took it to #62 in 1979.[citation needed]


  • Hits Of The Sixties: The Million Sellers - By Demitri Coryton and Joseph Murrells (pg 100).
  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 50 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. 
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Blaine, Hal, with David Goggin, Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, MixBooks, Emeryville, California, 1990

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