Baby (You've Got What It Takes)

Brook Benton, Dinah Washington

About Baby (You've Got What It Takes)

"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" is a 1950's song written by Clyde Otis and Murray Stein. Originally titled "You've Got What It Takes", the song was first recorded by Brook Benton's sister, Dorothy Pay, in 1958, as the B-side of her single "Strollin' with My Baby" on Mercury 71277. In January 1960, Brook Benton partnered with Dinah Washington to record the song as "BABY, You've Got What It Takes". Their version was hugely successful on both the pop and R&B charts, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B sides chart for ten weeks, becoming one of the most successful R&B singles of the 1960s. The song was also featured on their 1960 duet album, The Two of Us. 


Year:
1995
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Well, now, it takes more than a robin to make the winter go
And it takes two lips of fire to melt away the snow
Well, it takes two hearts a-cookin' to make a fire grow
And, baby, you've got what it takes

You know it takes a lot of kissin' (tell me about it)
To make a romance sweet 
Oh, it takes a lot of lovin' to make my life complete
Mmm, and it takes a lot of woman to knock me off my feet
And, baby, you've got what it takes

I said, mm, mm, mm
Uh-huh, mm, mm, mm
Ah, ah, hah, mm, mm
You know you've got just what it takes

Because it takes more than an effort to stay away from you
It'd take more than a lifetime to prove that I'll be true
But it takes somebody special to make me say, "I do"
Oh, yeah
And, baby, you've got what it takes

Ah, ah, hah mm, mm, uh-huh, mm, mm, mm
Mmm
You know you've got just what it takes
Because it takes, oh yeah

You're back in my spot again, honey
I like your spot
To stay away from you
I can't stay away from you
It takes more than a lifetime, daddy, to prove that I'll be true
Now it's you
But it takes somebody special 
Like me, baby
To make me say, "I do"
And, baby, you've got what it takes

Come on, let's play it again, huh?
Come on, let's do it one more time, all right?
And, baby, you've got what it takes
One more time, Brook
Ah-ha, okay, ah-ha
And, baby, you've got what it takes

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Brook Benton

Brook Benton (September 19, 1931 – April 9, 1988) was an American singer and songwriter who was popular with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music audiences during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when he scored hits such as "It's Just A Matter Of Time" and "Endlessly", many of which he co-wrote. more »

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Written by: FRANK JOHNSON

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14 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" is classified under the Rhythm and Blues or R&B genre.
Chart Performance
The song reached No.1 on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart and No.5 on the Hot 100 chart in early 1960.
Recording History
The duet of Brook Benton and Dinah Washington was recorded on Mercury Records.
Song Duration
The song lasts for approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Songwriters
Brook Benton himself, Clyde Otis, and Murray Steinburg wrote the song.
Success Factor
The song's success is largely attributed to the sassy, playful bantering and chemistry between Brook Benton and Dinah Washington.
Cover Versions
The song was covered by numerous artists including Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis in 2000.
Album Inclusion
The song appeared on the album "The Two of Us", which was released by Brook Benton and Dinah Washington in 1960.
Sample Usage
“Baby (You've Got What It Takes)” has been sampled in several songs, including Donna Summer's song "Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)" in 1982.
Grammy Award
The album that included this song, “The Two of Us,” was nominated for a Grammy award in 1960 in the category "Best Performance by a Vocal Group."
Style Combination
The song combined elements of pop, blues, and jazz, exemplifying the versatile talents of both Brook Benton and Dinah Washington.
Influence in Music History
The song was a seminal hit in the early 1960s, influencing the direction of R&B and Pop music during that period.
Popularity Over Time
The song remains a staple on oldies and adult standards radio stations, accrues steady digital streaming, and is often performed in revues and tributes to the classic R&B era.
Song Story
The song is about two people congratulating each other for being irresistible, revealing their palpable dynamic and flirtatious charm as a singing pair.

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