Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got

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"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"
Single by Jimmy Ruffin
from the album Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten
B-side "World So Wide Nowhere To Hide (From Your Heart)"
Released February 23, 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1966
Genre Soul
Label Soul
S 35032
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
Jimmy Ruffin singles chronology
"I've Passed This Way Before"
(1966)
"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"
(1967)
"Don't You Miss Me a Little Bit Baby"
(1967)
"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album That's the Way Love Is
A-side "How Can I Forget"
Released December 16, 1969
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1969
Genre Soul
Label Tamla
T 54190
Writer(s) Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
Producer(s) Norman Whitfield
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"What You Gave Me"
(1969)
"How Can I Forget"/"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"
(1969)
"The Onion Song"
(1970)

"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" is a 1967 Soul song, originally recorded and made a hit by Jimmy Ruffin on Motown's Soul Label imprint.[1] Ruffin's 1967 original version, from his album Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten, reached the Pop Top 30, peaking at #29, and was a Top 20 R&B Hit as well, peaking at #14.[2] It was also a hit in Britain, reaching #26 on the UK Singles Chart. The song has a social context: it depicts a man anticipating his release from prison on the morrow, when he'll return home on a train to "the girl that I left behind," promising himself that he will reward her steadfast love for him by "giv[ing] her all the love [he's] got." The song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and produced by Whitfield.

Three years later, his Motown labelmate Marvin Gaye, released the song on the Tamla label in 1970.[3] released from his album, That's the Way Love Is. Gaye's cover version of the song was a modest hit when Gaye released it in early 1970, peaking at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #26 on the Hot Selling Soul Singles chart. For Gaye the single was a double sided hit, as its flip side, "How Can I Forget" also charted (#41 US Pop, #18 US R&B).

Still another Motown act, The Temptations, recorded the tune as part of their album "The Temptations Wish It Would Rain.[4][5] However, it was The Temptations' baritone lead singer, Paul Williams, that sang lead vocals on the song, rather than Jimmy's brother, Temptations member David Ruffin. Their version was also released as a B-side to their hit single, "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)",[6] which turned out to be Ruffin's last lead released before he left the group.

Credits[edit]

Jimmy Ruffin version[edit]

Marvin Gaye version[edit]

Temptations version[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7: 1967 [liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. 
  3. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 9: 1969 [liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records
  4. ^ Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got at AllMusic
  5. ^ Williams, Otis and Romanowski, Patricia (1988, updated 2002). Temptations. Lanham, MD: Cooper Square. ISBN 0-8154-1218-5.
  6. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 8: 1968 [liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records