What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One
|"What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One"|
|Single by Mary Wells|
|from the album Mary Wells' Greatest Hits|
|B-side||"You Lost the Sweetest Boy"|
|Mary Wells singles chronology|
"What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One" (also known as "What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One") is a song written and produced by Smokey Robinson and released as a single by singer Mary Wells for the Motown label.
In this song, the narrator is longing for a longtime partnership with a suitor and constantly begs the man to "take her to the preacher man" in hopes the couple does "what should be done" because "what two can easily do is so hard to be done by one".
Release and reaction
"What's Easy for Two Is Hard For One" is one of the most covered Motown songs within the company.
- The Temptations recorded a version in 1965. Remained unreleased until 1999.
- The Marvelettes recorded a version in 1966. It was released in 1968 (#114 U.S. Pop).
- Connie Haines released a version in 1966.
- Barbara Randolph recorded a version in 1966.
- Lulu recorded a version for Decca Records in 1964.
- The Intruders recorded a version for their 1974 album, Energy of Love.
Mary Wells' version
- Lead vocals by Paul Williams
- Backing vocals by Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Otis Williams, and Melvin Franklin
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
Connie Haines' version
- Lead vocals by Connie Haines
- Backing vocals by The Andantes
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- The Complete Motown Singles Vol 3: 1963 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research.
- Temptations version at Allmusic
- The Complete Motown Singles Vol 8: 1968 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.