Small object of desire #5 – Baby, You Got What It Takes by Brook Benton and Dinah Washington

SOOD #2 made me think of this track which I used to love when I was a teenager and still do. It’s of its time but will never date. Dinah Washington’s sassy, salty voice is the perfect foil to Brook Benton’s smooth, hepcat drawl. I’ve heard other versions of this track (Michael Buble, anyone?) but they all seem to fall flat compared to the original. 

If you like this track, you’ll also dig A Rockin Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)

Random fact: Dinah Washington was only 39 years old when she died but she still managed to pack in 8 (count them!) husbands, including Quincy Jones, into her short life. 


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