You Lost the Sweetest Boy

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"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"
Released1963
Format7" single
Recorded1963
GenreSoul
LabelMotown
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)Lamont Dozier
Brian Holland
Mary Wells singles chronology
"What's So Easy for Two Is So Hard for One"
(1963)
"You Lost the Sweetest Boy"
(1963)
"My Guy"
(1964)

"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.[1]

Song information[edit]

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[edit]

Released in late 1963, the single reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the R&B chart.[2]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol 3: 1963 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research.
  3. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/dec/01/mike-terry-obituary

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