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"Giving Up"
Single by The Ad Libs
ReleasedMarch 1969
LabelShare Records
Songwriter(s)Van McCoy
Producer(s)Van McCoy
The Ad Libs singles chronology
"Think of Me"
"Giving Up"
"Love Me"

"Giving Up" is a popular song written by Van McCoy that was introduced by Gladys Knight & the Pips with an April 1964 single release. It was a Top 40 Pop hit, reaching No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1][2] and a Top 10 R&B hit, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard R&B singles chart...inspiring cover versions by many artists. Gladys and her family group The Pips, (her brother Merald (Bubba),and their cousins, Ed Patten, and William Guest, later recorded a newer version of the song after being signed by Motown, which was released on their "Greatest Hits" album and Anthology on Motown's "Soul" subsidiary label several years later.[3]

In the UK, where the Gladys Knight & the Pips original of "Giving Up" failed to chart in its June 1964 release, a belated cover of the song was recorded in 1965 by Julie Grant with her regular producer Tony Hatch and released that March without evident result. Bill Kenwright also had a UK single release of "Giving Up" in August 1968, the track being the B-side of the non-charting single "Love's Black and White".

The song's composer Van McCoy produced a 1969 cover of the song by the Ad Libs that peaked at No. 34 on the US R&B chart.[4]

Donny Hathaway remade "Giving Up" for his 1971 self-titled album for which it served as lead single reaching No. 21 R&B in the summer of 1972. Hathaway's version crossed over to the pop chart, peaking at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot 100. The American sax player Kirk Whalum recorded "Giving Up" for his 2010 tribute album Everything Is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway.

"Giving Up" has also been recorded by The Hassles, Jennifer Holliday, Denise LaSalle, Kenny Lattimore, Zulema, and Aaliyah. The song is also featured in Sparkle, sung by Lonette McKee, though the track was not featured on the accompanying soundtrack.

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  1. ^ "Soul Deep - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Giving Up (song by Gladys Knight & the Pips) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 23 November 2017.
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  4. ^ "Artist Search for "the ad libs"". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 November 2017.

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