Heaven Must Have Sent You

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"Heaven Must Have Sent You"
Single by The Elgins
B-side "Stay In My Lonely Arms"
Released 1966
Format 7"
Genre R&B
Label V.I.P.
UK: Tamla Motown
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
The Elgins singles chronology
"Darling Baby" "Heaven Must Have Sent You" "It's Been A Long, Long Time"

"Heaven Must Have Sent You" is a song written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland when at Motown, and first recorded by The Elgins in 1966. It was also a 1979 disco hit single by Bonnie Pointer.

The Elgins[edit]

The version by the Elgins, released on the Motown subsidiary V.I.P. Records label in 1966, reached no. 9 on the Billboard R&B chart and no. 50 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Popular on the Northern soul scene in the UK it was reissued in 1971, and reached no. 3 on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2][3] The Elgins' backing vocals were augmented by The Andantes.

Bonnie Pointer[edit]

"Heaven Must Have Sent You"
Single by Bonnie Pointer
from the album Bonnie Pointer
B-side "Heaven Must Have Sent You" (LP Version)
Released October 1979[4]
Format Vinyl, 12"
Genre Disco/Funk
Length 5:12
3:22 (7" version)
Label Motown
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Jeffrey Bowen
Berry Gordy

Bonnie Pointer's version reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979.[5] A 12/8 shuffle, it begins with rhythmic tubular bells ringing. Violins supply the background for the entire song. After the bells, a funky bass guitar is played, as a refrain throughout the song. This can be heard three times between the verses. In the middle of the song, an instrumental interlude is played, with the tubular bells ringing. At the end of the song, Pointer sings her last lines "It's heaven, it's heaven, I'll love you more and more each day..." in a lower register, with a raspy tone, reminiscent of Al Jolson.

The special four-on-the-floor re-recorded Motown Disco 12" Single mix of "Heaven Must Have Sent You" includes a much longer instrumental interlude with extra percussion and string solos towards the middle of the song. It was Side 1, while the album version was Side 2.


  1. ^ David Nowell. The Story of Northern Soul. Anova Books. pp. 40–. ISBN 978-1-907554-72-8. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 133. 
  3. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 254. ISBN 0-00-717931-6. 
  4. ^ Smith, Ronald (2001). Chicago Top 40 Charts 1970-1979. iUniverse. p. 93. ISBN 1462080936. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 553. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.