Got to Give It Up (or Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1 ) is a 1977 single from American singer Marvin Gaye . Written by the singer and produced by Art Stewart , the song comes from the live album Live at the London Palladium , although it was recorded in studio in Los Angeles . This is the latest title of Marvin Gaye that allows him to clinch first place in the ranking ofbestsellers in the United States .


In October 1976, despite his phobia of the plane, the American singer, Marvin Gaye , agrees to perform in London at the Royal Albert Hall and London Palladium . The London Palladium shows are recorded to release a double album but during the production, Marvin Gaye realizes that it lacks songs to fill all the faces of the two LPs . He decided to record other songs in the studio to complete his double album 1 .

For some time, Marvin Gaye has an air that trots in his head and he finds very danceable. At first, the song is called Dancing Lady . Influenced by the Johnnie Taylor tube , Disco Lady , Marvin Gaye envisions his title as an answer to this song. In order to obtain a disco sound , he calls on a Motown producer and sound engineer, Art Stewart , to oversee the production of song 1 .

In December 1976, with the help of several musician friends and family members, Marvin Gaye recorded the song, renamed Got to Give It Up , in his Los Angeles studio . He gives Art Stewart a first version of 11:48 and asks him to rework it to make a single. After a mix of several months, the song came out in March 1977 and climbed to the top of the ranking of the best-selling American singles on June 25, 1977 1 .


The song was taken over by Zhane in 1999 and Aaliyah in 1997. She is widely inspired by Robin Thicke’s song Blurred Lines .


The song is present in the films: Menace II Society (1993), Boogie Nights (1997), Summer of Sam (1999), Charlie and his funny ladies (2000), Barbershop (2002), This Christmas (2007), Eat , pray, love (2010) and Paul (2011).


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