What You Gave Me (song)

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"What You Gave Me"
What You Gave Me - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.jpg
Single by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
from the album Easy
B-side"How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It)"
ReleasedNovember 1969
Recorded1969, Hitsville USA
Songwriter(s)Ashford & Simpson
Producer(s)Ashford & Simpson
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell singles chronology
"That's the Way Love Is"
"What You Gave Me"
"How Can I Forget/Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"
"What You Gave Me"
What You Gave Me - Diana Ross.jpg
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Ross
GenreSoul, Disco
LabelMotown Records
Songwriter(s)Ashford & Simpson
Producer(s)Hal Davis
Diana Ross singles chronology
"A Brand New Day"
"What You Gave Me"
"The Boss"

"What You Gave Me" is a hit duet written and produced by Ashford & Simpson and issued as a single originally by the vocal duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1969 on the Tamla label.

Recorded on the throes of the final stage of Gaye and Terrell's duet recordings, it was the second release off their album, Easy. Like much of the album, it's debated whether The then-ailing Terrell took part in the recording or did co-writer Valerie Simpson sub for Terrell.

While Marvin later insisted Terrell was subbed by Simpson, Simpson was recently quoted that Terrell took part in the recordings. Whatever the case, the song gave the duo a modest charting, peaking at number forty-nine pop and number six R&B.[1]

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Later versions[edit]

David Ruffin also recorded the song for his 1969 album Feelin' Good. It was revived years later as a club hit by Diana Ross in 1978. Her version peaked at #86 on the R&B charts.



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 225.
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  3. ^ The Top 100 Soul/R&B Singles

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