It Only Takes a Minute

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"It Only Takes a Minute"
It Only Takes a Minute - Tavares.jpg
Artwork for Dutch vinyl release
Single by Tavares
from the album In the City (Tavares album)
B-side "I Hope She Chooses Me"
Released July 1975
Format 7" single
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 3:13
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
Producer(s) Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
Tavares singles chronology
"Remember What I Told You to Forget"
(1975)
"It Only Takes a Minute"
(1975)
"Free Ride"
(1975)
"Remember What I Told You to Forget"
(1975)
"It Only Takes a Minute"
(1975)
"Free Ride"
(1975)

"It Only Takes a Minute" is a 1975 song by Tavares. The song was the group's only Top 10 pop hit in the United States, peaking at number 10, and their second number one song on the American soul charts.[1] On the US Disco chart, "It Only Takes a Minute" spent five weeks at #2 and was the first of four entries on the chart.[2] The song was subsequently covered by Jonathan King performing as 100 Ton and a Feather in 1976 and by boy band Take That in 1992.

Charts[edit]

Tavares did not release their original version in the UK until 1986 when it could only reach No 46 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] It was the last of their ten hits in the UK.[3]

Jonathan King's version peaked at number nine for two weeks in July 1976.[4] It would prove to be the last of his six Top ten UK singles in a career that started in 1965 with "Everyone's Gone to the Moon".[4]

Take That version[edit]

"It Only Takes a Minute"
It Only Takes a Minute.jpeg
Single by Take That
from the album Take That & Party
B-side "I Can Make It"
"Never Want to Let You Go"
"Satisfied"
Released 1 June 1992
Format Maxi-CD, CD single, cassette single, vinyl single
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:46 (Album Version)
3:50 (7" Version)
Label Sony Music
Songwriter(s) Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter
Producer(s) Nigel Wright
Take That singles chronology
"Once You've Tasted Love"
(1992)
"It Only Takes a Minute"
(1992)
"I Found Heaven"
(1992)
"Once You've Tasted Love"
(1992)
"It Only Takes a Minute"
(1992)
"I Found Heaven"
(1992)
Music video
"It Only Takes a Minute" on YouTube

Released on 1 June 1992 by boyband Take That, it was the fourth single from the band's debut album, Take That & Party. It became the band's first top ten single, charting at number seven on the UK Singles Chart.[10] A re-mastered version of Tavares' track is featured in the soundtrack of Konami's dancing game Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix. A remix from European producer X-Treme was featured in DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution 7th MIX. The song was performed as conjunction with "Do What U Like" in the Take That Hometown Tour which featured Mini Take That.

In the UK the song has sold 146,000 copies as of March 2017.[11]

Music video[edit]

The music video involves the band singing and performing the song at a boxing ring with members Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen breakdancing whilst Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow chase after a girl.

Personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single (74321 10100 2)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (7" version) – 3:50
  2. "I Can Make It" – 4:12
  3. "Never Want to Let You Go" – 4:28
  4. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Deep Club Mix) – 5:43

UK 7" vinyl (74321 10100 7)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (7" version) – 3:50
  2. "Satisfied" – 4:32

UK 7" vinyl (Limited Edition) (74321 10101 7)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (7" version) – 3:50
  2. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Royal Rave Mix) – 4:46

UK 12" vinyl (74321 10102 7)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Deep Club Mix) – 5:43
  2. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Wright Vocal Mix) – 6:14
  3. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Dem Drums) – 5:19
  4. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Blondapella) – 2:16
  5. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Love Dub) – 7:11

UK cassette (74321 10100 4)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (7" version) – 3:50
  2. "Satisfied" – 4:32

EU CD single (74321 11100 5)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (7" version) – 3:50
  2. "I Can Make It" – 4:12
  3. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Wright Vocal Mix) – 6:14
  4. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Deep Club Mix) – 5:43

US CD single (TAKE4)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (7" version) – 3:50
  2. "It Only Takes a Minute" (new remix - radio version) – 3:25

US 7" vinyl (TAKE14)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (7" version) – 3:50
  2. "It Only Takes a Minute" (new remix - radio version) – 3:25

US 12" vinyl (TAKE214)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (club version) – 5:43
  2. "It Only Takes a Minute" (dub version) – 6:14
  3. "It Only Takes a Minute" (new remix - radio version) – 3:25
  4. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Underground Vocal) – 6:33
  5. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Underground Instrumental) – 6:33

Japanese 3" CD single (TAKEJAP4)

  1. "It Only Takes a Minute" (7" version) – 3:50
  2. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Wright Vocal Mix) – 6:14

Official versions[edit]

  • 7" version (3:50)
  • Album version (3:46)
  • Deep Club Mix (5:43)
  • Wright Vocal Mix (6:14)
  • New Remix - Radio Version (3:25)
  • Club version (5:43)
  • Dub version (6:14)
  • Underground Vocal (6:33)
  • Underground Instrumental (6:33)
  • Royal Rave Mix (4:46)
  • Dem Drums (5:19)
  • Blondapella (2:16)
  • Love Dub (7:11)
  • Live Version (5:34)
  • Tommy Musto Underground Vocal (6:33)
  • Tommy Musto Underground Dub (7:01)
  • Paul Dakeyene DMC Remix (?)*

*Only included as part of the 'Club Megamix' on the "Could It Be Magic" 12" Vinyl, unreleased as full track.

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 567. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 254. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 549. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 302. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 254. 
  7. ^ Bac-lac.gc.ca
  8. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  9. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/70s_files/1975YESP.html
  10. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 547. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  11. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/take-thats-official-top-40-biggest-songs-revealed__18247/ Official Charts Company - best selling Take That songs 24 March 2017
  12. ^ source:Lwin, Nanda: The Canadian Singles Chart Book 1975 - 1996. Music Data Canada, 1996 ISBN 9781896594095.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. 1962-10-01. Archived from the original on 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  14. ^ "Take That - Progress". Musicchartheaven.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)" by The Pointer Sisters
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single (Tavares version)
September 20, 1975
Succeeded by
"Do It Any Way You Wanna" by The People's Choice