Since I Lost My Baby

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"Since I Lost My Baby"
Single by The Temptations
from the album The Temptin' Temptations
B-side "You've Got to Earn It"
Released June 1, 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA (Studio A); May 5, May 10 and May 12, 1965
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 2:51
Label Gordy
G 7043
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Warren Moore
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
The Temptations singles chronology
"It's Growing"
"Since I Lost My Baby"
"My Baby"
"Since I Lost My Baby"
Single by Luther Vandross
from the album Forever, for Always, for Love
Released 1983
Media Sound Studies
New York City, NY
Format Vinyl 7" 45 RPM Single, cassette
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 5:28
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Warren Moore
Producer(s) Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller
Luther Vandross singles chronology
"Bad Boy/Having a Party"
"Since I Lost My Baby"
"How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye"

"Since I Lost My Baby" is a 1965 hit single recorded by The Temptations for the Motown Records' Gordy label. Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore and produced by Robinson, the song was a top 20 pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, on which it peaked at number 17. On Billboard's R&B singles chart, "Since I Lost My Baby" peaked at number four.[1]

Longing and melancholy, "Since I Lost My Baby" tells a story about the pain of losing a lover. Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, as the song's narrator, describes an idyllic world where everyone has everything they could ask for, except he doesn't have his love:

The birds are singin' and the children are playin'
There's plenty of work and the bosses are payin'
Not a sad word should a young heart be sayin'
But fun is a bore, and with money I'm poor
Since I lost my baby...

Bass singer Melvin Franklin is also heard out front, singing "Oh, Yeah" after Ruffin's first two lines on the first verse (this is repeated by the group on the last verse).


Charts: The Temptations[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart 17
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 4

Other recordings[edit]

The Action released their George Martin-produced version in 1966. Luther Vandross covered the song for his 1982 album Forever, For Always, For Love. In 1983, Vandross' cover was a top twenty R&B hit, peaking to #17 on Billboards Hot R&B Singles chart. In 2005, Angie Stone re-recorded it for the Vandross tribute album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross. Also in 2005, Rhino released the only official recording of the band Legion of Mary, fronted by Jerry Garcia, containing an instrumental version from a May 22, 1975 concert. On Michael McDonald's 2003 album, Motown (the first of 2 albums of Motown cover songs), the song was covered as well. Engelbert Humperdinck and Cliff Richard recorded a duet of the song for Humperdinck's 2014 album of duets, Engelbert Calling.

Charts: Luther Vandross[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart -
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 17


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