“(I Know) Losing You” Performed by The Temptations(1966), The Jackson Five (1969), Gladys Knight And The Pips (1969) & Rare Earth (1970)

May 6, 2010


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#1 R&B, #8 Pop

This chart topper, co-written by producer Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland and The Temptations guitar player Cornelius Grant, was another hit from the fabulous “Gettin’ Ready” Album.

Not too much I can say about this song that hasn’t already been said except this is Classic Motown and Classic Temptations at their best. I especially loved to see the gents perform this live and do their Temptations walk around in a circle during the “dodo wop” background part. ;-). So smooth. So smooth. So smooth.

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We all know the very young Michael Jackson could sing, but so could the very young original lead singer of The Jackson Five — Jermaine Jackson.  Just listen to his lead on “(I Know)  I’m Losing You” to hear for yourself.  This appeared on the very first Motown album release by the boys  entitled “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson Five.”  This introductory set by the brothers, released in 1969)  topped the R&B Charts (#1) in 1970 and climbed to #5 Pop the same year.

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This Motown cover is one of many from Gladys Knight and the Pips’ third LP release with Motown called “Nitty Gritty.” The album charted #11 R&B in 1970 but only #84 Pop in 1960. Nevertheless it is an awesome collection of cover tunes with a few hit originals thrown in. Have you heard it before?

This won’t be the last time this LP will be mentioned here at OSML so stay tuned.

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#20 R&B,  #7 Pop

Last but not least is the 1970  Rare Earth cover that appeared on Rare Earth’s first Motown  LP  entitled  “Ecology.”  This monster album was #4 R&B and #15 Pop,  thanks in part to this remarkable arrangement of  “(I Know) I’m Losing You” that you can’t help but love. Right?

Of course you must now vote to share your favorite version. Comments as to why you made your selection are not only welcomed but encouraged.

Before signing off  be sure to take a look at this video from the 1968 TCB television special with Dennis Edwards doing what was originally David Ruffin’s lead part on the song.

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry May 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm

this is a hard one! Im Losing You is one of my fave Tempt songs.umm first David on lead, then Dennis, then Jermaine. and here’s another one of my faves:

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2 SonDan May 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm

You are too correct SupaS.I haven’t even voted on this one either. I need to give them all a few more listens.
Everyone’s lead is really good and every arrangement is great IMHO. I guess Motown songs are so good
that almost any singer can make them sound great!

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3 SupaStarry May 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

LOL i had a link but i guess it didnt go through

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs1J5AmGxOk

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4 SonDan May 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Link worked for me. Thanks for sharing Supa!
I remember that special and was angry that Miss Ross seemed to take the lead in every song INCLUDING the Temptations’ songs.
How dare she throw shade on my men (LOL) … but that’s what went down because she dated the boss and everyone knew it.!

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