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Give Me Just a Little More Time

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Released  January 1970
Genre  Soul
Format  7" single
Length  2:40
B-side  "Since the Days of Pigtails & Fairytales"
Recorded  HDH Studios, Detroit, Michigan, 1969

"Give Me Just a Little More Time" is the debut single for Chairmen of the Board, released in 1970 through Capitol Records on Holland–Dozier–Holland's Invictus Records label.


The song was written and produced by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland, Jr., and Ron Dunbar. Because of the then still-pending lawsuit against Holland-Dozier-Holland from their former employers, Motown, the trio credited themselves with the pseudonym "Edythe Wayne" for this song and many other early Invictus/Hot Wax releases. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" features Chairmen of the Board lead singer General Johnson as the narrator, begging a lover not to rush intimacy: "We both want the sweetness in life/ But these things don't come overnight."

Members of Motown's in-house band, The Funk Brothers, who played all of Holland-Dozier-Holland's previous hits, played on this recording as well as many other Invictus/Hot Wax recordings.

"Give Me Just a Little More Time", backed with "Since the Days of Pigtails", peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, making it the best-performing of the Chairmen's singles, and the first of the Chairmen's four Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 pop hits. The single also peaked at number-eight on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. It reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in September 1970, having already sold more than one million copies in the US. The first Chairmen of the Board LP, a self-titled release, included the single; after the single's success, the Chairmen of the Board album was reissued as Give Me Just a Little More Time.

In 1982, American R&B singer Angela Clemmons remade the song and it peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.

Credits and personnel

The Funk Brothers who played on "Give Me Just A Little More Time" included:

  • Bass: Bob Babbitt
  • Guitarists: Dennis Coffey, Eddie Willis, and Ray Monette
  • Keyboards: Johnny Griffith
  • Drums: Richard "Pistol" Allen
  • Percussion: Jack Ashford
  • Kylie Minogue version

    "Give Me Just a Little More Time" was covered in 1992 by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue. Minogue's version was featured in a commercial for Accurist watches at the time. It was one of the last tracks to be recorded for her fourth album, Let's Get to It. It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, assisted by its club-oriented B-side "Do You Dare?" and sold 325,000 copies. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" is the only song from Let's Get to It to be included on Minogue's career-spanning compilation Ultimate Kylie and The Best of Kylie Minogue. The B-side "Do You Dare?" was included on Minogue's Greatest Remixes (Vol. 2), and was performed on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour, Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour, and For You, for Me concert tours.

    "I went to bed, and, and I literally was in bed thinking of all these records that I had in my life [...] I was going through the library mentally thinking, what song would she never have done that we could do that was just a great song. And one of my favorite songs was Chairman of the Board's 'Give Me Just a Little More Time.'"

    Formats and track listings

    These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Give Me Just a Little More Time."

    UK CD Single (PWCD212)
    1. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" — 3:07
    2. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" (Extended Version) — 4:33
    3. "Do You Dare?" (NRG Mix) — 7:04
    4. "Do You Dare?" (New Rave Mix) — 6:40
    UK 7" Vinyl Single (PWL212)
    1. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" — 3:07
    2. "Do You Dare?" (NRG Edit) — 3:17
    UK 12" Vinyl Single (PWLT212)
    1. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" (Extended Version) — 4:33
    2. "Do You Dare?" (NRG Mix) — 7:04
    3. "Do You Dare?" (New Rave Mix) — 6:40
    UK iTunes Bundle
    1. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" — 3:07
    2. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" (Extended Version) — 4:33
    3. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" (Instrumental) — 3:05
    4. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" (Backing Track) — 3:06
    5. "Do You Dare?" (NRG Mix) — 7:04
    6. "Do You Dare?" (New Rave Mix) — 6:40
    7. "Do You Dare?" (Italia 12" Mix) — 5:22
    8. "Do You Dare?" (NRG Edit) — 3:17
    9. "Do You Dare?" (New Rave Instrumental) — 6:38

    Chart performance

    Weekly charts
    Year-end chart;

    Live performances

    Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:

  • Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour ("Brrr" excerpt during the "Smiley Kylie Medley")
  • Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour ("Brrr" excerpt during the "Everything Taboo Medley")
  • For You, for Me ("Brrr" excerpt during the "Everything Taboo" Medley")
  • Anti Tour (Performed in London)
  • References

    Give Me Just a Little More Time Wikipedia

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