You're All I Need to Get By
|"You're All I Need to Get By"|
|Single by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell|
|from the album You're All I Need|
|B-side||"Two Can Have a Party"|
|Released||July 9, 1968|
|Recorded||Hitsville USA, Detroit, Michigan; 1967|
|Producer(s)||Ashford & Simpson|
|Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell singles chronology|
"You're All I Need to Get By" is a song recorded by the American R&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and released on Motown Records' Tamla label in 1968. It was the basis for the 1995 single "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" from Method Man and Mary J. Blige.
Written by real-life couple Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, it became one of the few Motown recordings of the 1960s that was not recorded with the familiar "Motown sound". Instead, "You're All I Need to Get By" had a more soulful and gospel-oriented theme surrounding it, that was influenced by the writers, who also sing background vocals on the recording, sharing vocals in a church choir in New York City. The lead vocals were recorded separately by the two singers and combined during the mixing process, reportedly to cut studio time, and give time for Terrell, who was using a wheelchair, to recover from surgery to repair the malignant brain tumor that would ultimately cause her death in 1970.
The original recording by Gaye and Terrell peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Soul Singles chart for five weeks, becoming one of the longest-running number one R&B hits of 1968 and the most successful duet recording of Marvin Gaye's entire career. Given its global appeal, it also reached #19 on the British singles charts in late 1968, staying there for nineteen weeks.
- All lead vocals by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
- Background vocals by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
- Produced by Ashford & Simpson
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart||7|
|U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||19|
Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams recorded the song for their duet album That's What Friends Are For. It peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on the Hot Soul Singles Chart, and #45 on the UK Singles Chart. Gloria Gaynor recorded a disco version for Gloria Gaynor's Park Avenue Sound.
Michael McDonald recorded this song for his second album of Motown covers, 2004's Motown Two.
Kidda uses a line of this song for his 2008 single "Under The Sun".
Gladys Knight "Empress of Soul" also performed," You're All I Need to Get By"
The song has been covered on the BET commercial in 2012 with the new slogan We Got You was shown from the retrospective moments.
Other allusions to the song
This song and its 1995 interpolation of it by Method Man and Mary J. Blige on their single, "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By", were referenced in "All I Need" by Jay-Z when he says: "And all...I...need is a chick to hold a jammy like/Meth and Mary, like, Marvin and Tammi"
On the first season of American Idol, winner Kelly Clarkson sang this song during Motown week and Jasmine Trias also sang it on the third season. On the sixth season finale, American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks sang it as a duet with second-season winner Ruben Studdard. Seventh season American Idol runner-up David Archuleta performed this song on Star Search final. Eighth season contestant Von Smith performed it in the third week of semifinals. In addition, Jacob Lusk sang this song also during Motown week of Idol's tenth season.