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Marv Johnson - You Got What It Takes Collection

Marv Johnson - You Got What It Takes Collection

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The R&B singer and songwriter Marv Johnson was one of the first artists to be signed to the Tamla by Berry Gordy, although his records came out on United Artists, as the fledgling Motown set-up was not ready to handle him. Born in Detroit, his early musical influences included gospel and blues, but he began his singing career with a doo-wop group, the Junior Serenaders, in the mid-1950s. He was discovered by Gordy while performing at a carnival, continued recording for United Artists as he racked up a string of hits and recorded several albums before rejoining Motown in the ‘60s.

This 52-track collection includes the A & B sides of his singles on the Kudo and United Artists labels from this era, plus the titles from his albums Marvelous Marv Johnson, More Marv Johnson and I Believe not otherwise released on singles. It features all his chart entries from these years, including the pop and R&B Top 10 hits You Got What It Takes and I Love The Way You Love and his other pop and R&B hits Come To Me, I’m Coming Home, Ain’t Gonna Be That Way, All The Love I’ve Got, You’ve Got To) Move Two Mountains, Happy Days and Merry-Go-Round. He was a versatile song stylist, with his records encompassing the spectrum of pop and R&B styles, and also taking in gospel-flavoured material on the I Believe album.

Despite his early success in the United States, Johnson ultimately enjoyed more popularity overseas than in his native country. Johnson died of a stroke on 16 May 1993, in Columbia, South Carolina, at the age of 54 and in 2015, he was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. This collection offers a comprehensive overview of his early years, as well as an entertaining showcase for his distinctive talent.


Track Title Artist
1 My Baby-O Marv Johnson


Once Upon A Time Marv Johnson
3 Come To Me Marv Johnson
4 Whisper Marv Johnson
5 I'm Coming Home Marv Johnson
6 River Of Tears Marv Johnson
7 You Got What It Takes Marv Johnson
8 Don't Leave Me Marv Johnson
9 Love Is Here To Stay Marv Johnson
10 When I Fall In Love Marv Johnson
11 This Heart Of Mine (Will Surely Sing) Marv Johnson
12 All The Love I've Got Marv Johnson
13 (You've Got To) Move Two Mountains Marv Johnson
14 I Need You Marv Johnson
15 Happy Days Marv Johnson
16 Baby, Baby Marv Johnson
17 Merry-Go-Round Marv Johnson
18 Tell Me That You Love Me Marv Johnson
19 How Can We Tell Him Marv Johnson
20 I've Got A Notion Marv Johnson
21 Oh Mary Marv Johnson
22 Show Me Marv Johnson
23 Johnny One Stop Marv Johnson
24 Easier Said Than Done Marv Johnson
25 With All That's In Me Marv Johnson
26 Magic Mirror Marv Johnson
27 He Gave Me You Marv Johnson
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 That's How Bad Marv Johnson
2 Let Yourself Go Marv Johnson
3 That's Where I Lost My Baby Marv Johnson
4 September In The Rain Marv Johnson
5 Summertime Marv Johnson
6 S'Wonderful Marv Johnson
7 I Can't Get Started Marv Johnson
8 Almost Like Being In Love Marv Johnson
9 Love Is Here To Stay Marv Johnson
10 When I Fall In Love Marv Johnson
11 This Heart Of Mine (Will Surely Sing) Marv Johnson
12 Clap Your Hands Marv Johnson
13 When You've Lost Your Love Marv Johnson
14 What A Need Marv Johnson
15 Let Every Living Creature Praise The Lord Marv Johnson
16 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Marv Johnson
17 How Long Has It Been Since You Prayed Marv Johnson
18 He's Got The Whole World In His Hands Marv Johnson
19 I Believe Marv Johnson
20 Ride The Chariot Marv Johnson
21 You Better Mind Marv Johnson
22 When I've Done The Best I Can Marv Johnson
23 I'm Going To Work Until The Day Is Done Marv Johnson
24 If I Can Help Somebody Marv Johnson
25 Everytime I Feel The Spirit Marv Johnson
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