Marv Johnson

You Got What It Takes

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

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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 Records
All-Time Greatest Hits of Rock & Roll, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Curb 2:39
Rhythm & Blues: 1959 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
EMI Legends of Rock N' Roll: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time 1991
Various Artists
EMI Legends of Rock 'N' Roll Series / Capitol 2:43
Golden Classics 1991 Collectables
The Fabulous 50's, Vol. 3 1993
Various Artists
Dominion
The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown 1995 Motown
Rock N Roll is Here 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:44
Best of United Artists Records 1958-1972 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:41
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. 1:  The 50's 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:30
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 2:39
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 2:39
Radio Gold, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Ace 2:43
American Bandstand: CD 1 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:39
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
101 60's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:38
Pure: Rock and Roll 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:39
101 Rock 'N' Roll Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 2:38
Original Hits: Rock 'N' Roll 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:39
Massive Hits: Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
4 Gold / EMI / EMI Gold 2:39