What Love Has Joined Together

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For the album by The Miracles, see What Love Has...Joined Together (album).
"What Love Has Joined Together"
Released 1963 (1963)
Genre R&B
Label Motown
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Bobby Rogers

"What Love Has Joined Together" is a song written and composed by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers, was recorded by five Motown acts: The Miracles, Mary Wells, The Temptations, Barbara McNair, and Syreeta, and was issued as B-sides to hits by Wells and The Temptations; "Your Old Standby" for Wells, released in 1963,[1] and "It's Growing" by The Temptations, released in 1965.[2][3]

Song information[edit]

The song talks about a person professing their love to their loved one regardless of people's comments trying to separate them, with the person stressing the point that "what love has joined together can nobody take it apart". The song was originally recorded by the Miracles in 1962. Wells would record her version a year later while the Temptations covered it for their The Temptations Sing Smokey album in 1965. Barbara McNair recorded her version in 1968 for a proposed album "Barbara McNair Sings Smokey." It remained unreleased until 2004. Syreeta's version appeared on her debut album for Motown's MoWest label which was released in 1972. The Miracles also would record a special extended version of the song in 1970, as the title cut from their album of the same name. (See What Love Has...Joined Together ) .


The Miracles version[edit]

Mary Wells version[edit]

  • Lead vocal by Mary Wells
  • Background vocal by the Love Tones
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers

The Temptations version[edit]

Barbara McNair version[edit]

Syreeta version[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol 3: 1963 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  2. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol 5: 1965 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  3. ^ Williams, Otis and Romanowski, Patricia (1988, updated 2002). Temptations. Lanham, MD: Cooper Square. ISBN 0-8154-1218-5.