Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell

You're All I Need to Get By

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The songwriting/production duo of Ashford and Simpson met in a New York Baptist church where Valerie Simpson played piano. Their gospel music background can be felt in many of their songs, including the hits they wrote for the Motown singing duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. A grand example would be "You're All I Need to Get By." It begins quietly as both the singers and the songwriters/producers harmonize the title over a repeating bass note pattern played by James Jamerson. The passions steadily rise with both Gaye's and Terrell's vocals moving the temperature mark higher. The tenderness heard in their vocals fueled rumors that the singers were lovers. "You're All I Need to Get By" held the number one R&B spot for five weeks, while going to number seven pop in the summer of 1968.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Greatest Hits [Motown] 1971 Motown 2:48
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 3 1971
Various Artists
Motown 2:47
Anthology [1974] 1974 Motown 2:51
No Image 1976
Various Artists
Motown
The Good-Feeling Music of the Big Chill Generation, Vol. 5 1978
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 2:50
Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye 1983 Motown 2:51
Compact Command Performances: 15 Greatest Hits 1984 Motown 2:50
Marvin Gaye & His Women 1985 Motown 2:48
Classic Rock: 1968 - Shakin' All Over 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:52
No Image 1990 Motown 0:00
Rhythm & Blues: 1968 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Master 1961-1984 1995 Motown 2:38
Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1968 1995
Various Artists
Motown 2:47
Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye 1995 Motown 2:38
Glory of Love: Sweet & Soulful Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
Hip-O / HIPP 2:51
Heart Beats: Soul Serenade - Intimate R&B 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
MVP Classic Soul, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
MVP Records 2:48
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 1 - 6 1999
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Motown 2:47
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 2000 Motown / Uptown / Universal 2:50
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:51
United/You're All I Need 2001 Universal International 2:53
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:50
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Motown 2001] 2001 UTV / Motown 2:51
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 3 [Polygram International] 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:47
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1960s, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Motown 2:48
The Complete Duets 2001 Motown / Universal Distribution 2:53
You Are Everything 2001 Rotation 2:46
A Year in Your Life: 1968, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:49
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:51
Deliver Us from Eva 2002
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:50
Together: 38 All Time Classic Duets & Collaborations 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 2:49
Love Songs: Greatest Duets 2003 Motown 2:50
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:49
Motown Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:44
Ultimate Collection 2004 Universal International 2:48
60's Soul Mix, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 2:36
Icons 2004 Motown 2:48
Gold 2005 Motown 2:51
Peabo Bryson Presents Classic Soul Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
No Image 2006 Universal Distribution / Tamla 2:48
Love Collection 2006 Universal International 2:49
Love's Greatest Hits [JCT] 2006
Various Artists
Virgin / Blue Note 2:51
Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Canada Import] 2006 Solitudes 2:38
Motown Number 1's, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
Motown 2:49
Number 1's 2007 Motown 2:49
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 8: 1968 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O Select / Motown 2:38
LateNightTales 2008 Universal Distribution / LateNightTales 2:45
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 2:50
Classics 2008 Motown 2:50
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Universal 0:00
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:49
The Complete Collection 2008 Motown / Universal 2:50
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:48
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
Motown 50: Love 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:50
Jackie: Love Songs [2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / UMTV 2:49
Love Songs 2011 Motown 2:51
Smooth Soul [Time Life] 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:50
Motown the Musical: Originals – The Classic Songs That Inspired the Broadway Show 2013
Various Artists
Island / Motown 2:50
Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators 2013
Various Artists
Stax / Universal / Universal Music Classics and Jazz 2:51
Best of Marvin Gaye 2013 Motown 0:00
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:51
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 2:49
Motown the Musical: 40 Classic Songs That Inspired the Musical!
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
No Image
Various Artists
Motown
The Best of Marvin Gaye: Green Series Strategic Marketing 2:51