I've Been Good to You

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"I've Been Good to You"
Single by The Miracles
from the album I'll Try Something New & The Fabulous Miracles
A-side "What's So Good About Goodbye"
Released December 14, 1961
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A);
October 14 and 29, 1961
Genre Doo-Wop/Soul/Pop
Length 3:00
Label Tamla
T 54053
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer(s) Berry Gordy, Jr.
The Miracles singles chronology
"Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues"
"What's So Good About Goodbye"/"I've Been Good to You"
"I'll Try Something New"
"I've Been Good to You"
Single by The Temptations
from the album Gettin' Ready
A-side "You're My Everything"
Released June 13, 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); 1964
Genre Soul
Length 3:00
Label Gordy
G 7063
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
The Temptations singles chronology
"All I Need"/"Sorry is a Sorry Word"
"You're My Everything"/"I've Been Good to You"
"(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need"

"I've Been Good to You" is a 1961 R&B song by The Miracles on Motown Records' Tamla label. It was released as the B-side of their Billboard Top 40 hit, "What's So Good About Goodbye", and was included on their album I'll Try Something New the following year. This sad, melancholy ballad charted #103 on the Billboard Pop chart. Despite its relatively modest chart placing, this song has been hugely influential, and is noted as Beatle John Lennon's favorite Miracles tune, and was the inspiration behind The Beatles' song, "Sexy Sadie". Written by Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson, the song begins with the lyric, "Look what you've done...You've made a fool out of someone..." which Lennon later paraphrased in his song as, "What have you done...You've made a fool of everyone."

The song was performed live by the group on their album, The Miracles Recorded Live on Stage, and has inspired cover versions by Marshall Crenshaw, Joe Meek, The Temptones, Ray, Goodman & Brown (The Moments), The Ones, and fellow Motown artists, Brenda Holloway, and The Temptations. The Temptations' version would also be released as a "B" side and would chart at #124 on the Pop charts in 1967 (as well be released on their 1966 album Gettin' Ready). In addition to being on their first Live album, The Miracles' original version of "I've Been Good to You" actually appears on two other of their early 1960s albums; 1962's I'll Try Something New, and 1963's The Fabulous Miracles.

During a 2009 appearance by Robinson on the Internet/television show Live from Daryl's House, hosted by Daryl Hall, the duo performed "I've Been Good to You" (video on YouTube), among other songs. During some playful, improvisational singing at the end, Robinson sang, "I don't know where you came up with this song... I haven't heard it in so long..."

Personnel – The Miracles[edit]

Personnel – The Temptations[edit]

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