This song was released after the modest success of the Miracles-produced single “Take This Heart of Mine” in hopes that Gaye’s work with the hit-making trio Holland-Dozier-Holland would bring him back to the pop top ten.
Similarly conceived with the same musical background as their previous collaboration, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, the song has the singer declaring to his woman to stay beside him promising her that he’ll be “(her) number-one fool”.
While it reached the top forty of the Billboard Top R&B Singles chart peaking at number sixteen, it didn’t perform as well as “Take This Heart of Mine” on the pop charts, peaking at number 47.
The song was subsequently covered by The Doobie Brothers for their 1977 release Livin’ on the Fault Line that was arranged by David Paich.
Livin’ on the Fault Line is the seventh studio album by the American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1977. It is one of the few Doobie Brothers albums which did not produce a hit (although “You Belong to Me” was a hit as recorded by co-author Carly Simon). Still, the album received modest […]
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