You Lost the Sweetest Boy
|"You Lost the Sweetest Boy"|
|Single by Mary Wells|
|from the album Mary Wells' Greatest Hits|
|A-side||"What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One"|
|Mary Wells singles chronology|
"You Lost the Sweetest Boy" is a song written by Holland–Dozier–Holland and released as a single by Motown star Mary Wells. The song is most noted for the background vocals by The Supremes and The Temptations.
In this song, the narrator of the song gets back at a girl whom she says always chased after other boys while supposedly with a boyfriend. The narrator ends up winning the girl's boyfriend's affections and before she knew it, the boyfriend had left her for the narrator causing her to chant, "you lost the sweetest boy that you had that time".
Release and chart status
- Lead vocal by Mary Wells
- Background vocals by The Supremes (Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, and Mary Wilson) and The Temptations (Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Elbridge Bryant, and Otis Williams)
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
- 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.