You're All I Need to Get By

Album: You're All I Need (1968)
Charted: 19 7
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  • "You're All I Need to Get By" was one of the last songs Marvin Gaye recorded with his ailing duet partner Tammi Terrell, (who would die of a brain tumor in 1970). Like most of their collaborations, it was written by the songwriting team Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, but it stood out from the other R&B-flavored tracks that defined the Motown sound. This number was heavily infused with a gospel style and incorporated vocals from a New York church choir.
  • This song inspired an updated version in 1995 by Method Man and Mary J. Blige called "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By."
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 15, 1978, Johnny Mathis was a guest on the Los Angeles-based syndicated television program 'The Merv Griffin Show'...
    At the time Johnny Mathis, in a duet with Deniece Williams, was at #56 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart with "You're All I Need To Get By", two weeks later it would peak at #47 {for 1 week}, the following week it dropped down to #61 and that would be was it's seventh and final week on the Top 100...
    It reached #10 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1957 and 1984 Mr. Mathis had forty-three* Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Chances Are" for 1 week in 1957 and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", a duet with Deniece Williams, for 1 week in 1978...
    John Royce Mathis will celebrate his 82nd birthday next month on September 30th {2017}...
    * Three of his forty-three Top 100 records were duets; two with Deniece Williams and one with Dionne Warwick.
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