Marv Johnson

You Got What It Takes

Composed by Berry Gordy, Jr. / Gwen Fuqua / Marv Johnson / Roquel Davis / Tyran Carlo

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This major Marv Johnson hit (number ten pop, 1959) should have been credited to Motown; it was produced and co-written by Berry Gordy Jr. Marv was a Detroiter who cut in the same studios with the same musicians as the artists actually signed to Tamla Records, and he toured and did shows with the Tamla artists. But Marv struck a deal with United Artists Records when they licensed his first hit, "Come to Me," and he wouldn't get on Motown officially until the mid-'60s. This giant took off on R&B/soul radio and crossed pop. Women loved the lyrics, which really are more appropriate from the feminine perspective. It's possible this was intended for Mabel John, who Berry also produced, and shopped the acetates to United Artist, but they never released anything on her, and Marv may have gotten the song by default. The lyrics simply say you may not be well off or good looking, but you got what it takes for me.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Marvelous Marv Johnson 1960 United Artists Records
The Best of the Shakin' 50s 1989
Various Artists
Priority
Rhythm & Blues: 1959 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image 1991
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:36
You Got What It Takes: The Best of Marv Johnson 1992 EMI Legends Of Rhythm & Blues
The Fabulous 50's, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Dominion
Baby Boomer Classics: Heart & Soul Fifties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Rock N Roll is Here 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:44
Four by Four, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:45
Glory of Love: '50s Sweet & Soulful Love Songs 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:43
50's Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 [K-Tel] 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:41
Fabulous 50's [1997 Madacy Box] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:46
Shout [Coyote] 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:44
1950's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 9 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:41
Beach Music Anthology, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:25
Greatest R&R Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:39
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 2:39
Radio Gold, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Ace 2:43
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:44
American Bandstand: CD 1 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:39
Cruisin' Classics [Time Music] 2002
Various Artists
Time Music 2:57
No Image 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:44
All Your Rhythm & Blues Favorites [16 Tracks] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:39
Capital Gold: Rock & Roll Legends 2003
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
K-Tel Presents Rock 'N Roll Heaven 2003
Various Artists
Dominion 2:41
Best Sixties Party 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:40
Rock N Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time 50's, Vol. 9 2005
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:41
Complete Sixties 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:39
Top 20 of Soul 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:41
K-Tel Presents: Sweet Soul Music 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood/K-Tel 2:43
K-Tel Presents: At the Hop 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 2:47
Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1959 2006
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:51
Soul Legends [Canada Import] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 2:53
Very Best of Heartbeat 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
101 60's Hits 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:38
Essential Collection: Soul Ballads 2007
Various Artists
The Exclusives 2:44
Pure: Rock and Roll 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:39
No Image 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:44
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:38
No Image 2008 K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:44
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Parlophone 2:43
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes: Million Sellers 2010
Various Artists
Go Entertain 2:40
Greatest Hits of 1960 2011
Various Artists
Great Voices of the Century 2:42
The Cruisin' Story 1959 2011
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:44
Massive Hits: Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
4 Gold / EMI / EMI Gold 2:39
Rock 'n' Roll Era: Rock 'n' Roll Legends 2011
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
My Kind of Music: Here Come the 60s! 2012
Various Artists
USM Media
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 11: 1960 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:43
Dad, I Didn't Know I Loved You 'Till I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll 2012
Various Artists
Go Entertainment 2:42
High School Rock: Teenage Ballads 2013
Various Artists
Documents / Intense Media 2:38
100 Hits: Rock 'n' Roll Love Songs
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records 2:39
1960 British Hit Parade, Vol. 1: January To June
Various Artists
Acrobat / Acrobat Music 2:43
American Heartbeat: The 50s
Various Artists
One Day Music 2:39
American Sounds of the 60's, Vol. 1
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:38
Boogie Chillen [Fantastic Voyage]
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:40
Dreamboats & Petticoats: At the Hop
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:38
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 14
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:39
Golden Oldies: The Soundtrack of Your Life (100 Classic Radio Hits)
Various Artists
HLI 2:39
Hot Hundred: Hits of the 60s
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:38
My Funny Valentine: 100 Tracks for Valentines Day
Various Artists
HLI 2:39
My Kind of Music: Vintage Soul - Original Soul Grooves
Various Artists
USM Media
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 9
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:43
Rock 'n' Roll USA, Vol. 2: 1959-1962
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:42
Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll [Universal]
Various Artists
UMOD 2:40
Soul Music Hits the Charts 1955-1962
Various Artists
History of Soul Records 2:40
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle 2:51
No Image
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
The  First Hot 100 of the 60s
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:43
The  Original Sound Of R&B 1959
Various Artists
Ideal 2:45
The  Original Sound of R&B 1960
Various Artists
Ideal 2:41
The  Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection: Teen Beat
Various Artists
CD Baby / Green Hill Productions 2:42
The Classic Jubilee Party Album! (100 Classic Hits!)
Various Artists
Rock and Roll Gold 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
Must Have Records 2:51
The Vintage Collection: The 60s
Various Artists
Music Digital
You Got What It Takes: Marv Johnson Story 1958-1961 Jasmine Records 2:52
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