Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)

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"Take My Heart"
Single by Kool & The Gang
from the album Something Special
Released October 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre Funk, Synthpop, Urban contemporary
Length 5:39
3:59 (7")
Label De-Lite Records

Eumir Deodato, Robert Earl Bell, Ronald Nathan Bell, Claydes Charles Smith, James "J.T." Taylor

and George Smith
Kool & The Gang singles chronology
"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)"
"Take My Heart"
"Steppin' Out"

"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" is a 1981 single by Kool & the Gang from their album, Something Special. The single was the group's sixth number-one R&B single, reaching the top of the U.S. R&B chart for a single week. It also reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Track listing[edit]

De-Lite Records - DE-815:[2]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" (From the album Something Special) Claydes Charles Smith, James Taylor & George Brown 3:59
2. "Just Friends" (From the album Celebrate!) Ronald Bell 4:23

In popular culture[edit]

Robert Palmer covered the song on his 1983 album Pride under the title "You Can Have It (Take My Heart)".

In 2003, saxophonist Jimmy Sommers covered the song from his release "Lovelife."[3][4]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 333. 
  2. ^ "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)/Just Friends". Discogs. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lovelife overview". Allmusic.com. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Sommers Bio". JimmySommers.com. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (Part 1) by Roger Troutman
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
November 21, 1981
Succeeded by
"Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire