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Album: You're All I NeedReleased: 1967Charted:
This was written and produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, who worked on much of the material for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Motown founder Berry Gordy wasn't impressed with the Ashford & Simpson songwriting duo after hearing their breakout hit, Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned." He told them Motown was all about class acts like Diana Ross, the Temptations and Marvin Gaye. The couple, however, wouldn't take no for an answer. They returned home, locked themselves in a room and didn't emerge until they were ready to wow Gordy with "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing."
The song explains how it's better to have loved ones nearby rather than materialistic items and memories as totems.
Shortly after recording this song, Tammi Terrell collapsed onstage during a performance with Gaye in 1967. The diagnosis was a brain tumor. She died March 16, 1970.
Donnie and Marie Osmond recorded this in 1977. Their version hit #21 in the US.
This was used in TV commercials for Just For Men hair coloring and for Mercury vehicles.