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"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Song by The Temptations
from the album The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul
B-side"I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To"
ReleasedNovember 2, 1966
RecordedHitsville USA (Studio A); September 12 & September 16, 1966
GenreR&B, soul
Length2:30
LabelGordy
G 7057
Songwriter(s)Norman Whitfield
Edward Holland, Jr.
Cornelius Grant
Producer(s)Norman Whitfield
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"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Song by Rare Earth
from the album Ecology
ReleasedJuly 1970
RecordedHitsville USA (Studio A); 1970
GenreRock, progressive rock
Length3:36 (single edit)
10:56 (album version)
LabelRare Earth
R 5021
Producer(s)Rare Earth

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"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Song by Rod Stewart and the Faces
from the album Every Picture Tells a Story
A-side"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
B-side"Mandolin Wind"
Released1971
RecordedJan 1971
GenreHard rock, blues rock, soul
Length5:23
LabelMercury Records
Songwriter(s)Norman Whitfield, Edward Holland, Jr., Cornelius Grant
Producer(s)Rod Stewart

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"(I Know) I'm Losing You"
Song by Uptown
Released1983
GenreElectronic dance music
Length4:05
LabelOak Lawn Records
OLR-121
Songwriter(s)Norman Whitfield
Edward Holland, Jr.
Cornelius Grant
Producer(s)Jack Malken , Scott Yahney, (Associate producer: David Hilzendager), (Associate producer: Ray Cooper)

"(I Know) I'm Losing You" is a 1966 hit single recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label[1] and produced by Norman Whitfield.

History[]

Template:Tone This song was another step away from the group's softer records recorded with Smokey Robinson as producer, a change that Whitfield had begun with "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" earlier in the year. "I'm Losing You" features a much more dramatic arrangement than most contemporary Motown songs: a rock-styled guitar riff (devised by Temptations road manager/band director Cornelius Grant), sharp horn blasts and the Temptations' doo-wop vocals paint the backdrop for one of David Ruffin's trademark raspy lead vocals.

As The Funk Brothers keep time with the song's James Brown-inspired beat, Ruffin pointedly accuses his lover of gradually slipping away from him. The closing vocal riff to the song's chorus had the other four Temptations call out an extended "losing you...!" shout in falsetto. The choreography for the line, with each member cupping their hands around their mouths as they shout the line out, became a Temptations standard.

"I'm Losing You" was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart, and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.[2] The single was included as the anchoring track for the summer 1967 album The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul.

The Temptations performed the song live on the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show on May 28, 1967,[3] and in a duet with Diana Ross & the Supremes later that year, on November 19, 1967.[4]

Cover versions[]

  • Among the most notable covers of "I'm Losing You" was a cover by The Jackson 5 on their 1969 Album "Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5," with Jermaine Jackson providing lead vocals.
  • "I'm Losing You" was a 1970 version by Motown rock band Rare Earth for their Ecology album. Rare Earth's 10-minute cover was edited for single release and peaked at No. 7, one position higher than the Temptations' original on the U.S. pop charts.[citation needed]
  • During the 1980s, on the Dallas, Texas-based Oak Lawn Records label, the song was covered by the group Uptown and transformed into an upbeat dance tune. This version achieved popularity at Dallas' famed Starck nightclub due to early play by DJ Rick Squillante and became a standard in many U.S. nightclubs, reaching the No. 80 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987.[citation needed]
  • The Faces also recorded a cover version in 1971. It reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year.

References[]

Preceded by
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The Supremes
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single (The Temptations version)
December 24, 1966 – December 31, 1966 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville

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