Little Darling (I Need You)

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"Little Darling (I Need You)"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album Moods of Marvin Gaye
B-side"Hey Diddle Diddle"
ReleasedJuly 26, 1966
RecordedMarch 22, April 2 and May 6, 1965
StudioHitsville U.S.A., Detroit, Michigan
GenreRhythm and blues, soul, pop rock
Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"Take This Heart of Mine"
"Little Darling (I Need You)"
"It Takes Two"
"Little Darling (I Need You)"
Single by The Doobie Brothers
from the album Livin' on the Fault Line
B-side"Losin' End"
ReleasedJuly 1977
StudioSunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California
GenreBlue-eyed soul, pop rock
Length3:24 (album version)
2:58 (single version)[1]
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)Ted Templeman
The Doobie Brothers singles chronology
"It Keeps You Runnin'"
"Little Darling (I Need You)"
"Echoes of Love"

"Little Darling (I Need You)" is a 1966 single written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland and recorded and released by Marvin Gaye on the Tamla label.

This song was released after the modest success of the Miracles-produced single "Take This Heart of Mine" in hopes that Gaye's work with the hit-making trio Holland-Dozier-Holland would bring him back to the pop top ten.

Similarly conceived with the same musical background as their previous collaboration, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)", the song has the singer declaring to his woman to stay beside him promising her that he'll be "(her) number-one fool".

Billboard described the song as a "swinger that should have no trouble making a rapid chart climb," with "strong material and performance."[2]

While it reached the top forty of the Billboard Top R&B Singles chart peaking at number sixteen, it did not perform as well as "Take This Heart of Mine" on the pop charts, peaking at number 47.[3][4]

The song was subsequently recorded by the Flirtations in 1971, and in 1977 by The Doobie Brothers for their seventh studio album Livin' on the Fault Line.

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  2. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). Billboard. August 13, 1966. p. 16. Retrieved 2021-03-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 6: 1966 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225.