Jr. Walker and the Allstars – “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)”

What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) is a 1968 song that was a 1969 hit single by Jr. Walker & The AllStars. The single was one of Jr. Walker’s most successful releases, becoming a hit on both the R&B and pop singles charts. “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love),” written by Johnny BristolHarvey Fuqua, and Vernon Bullock, made it into the top five on the Hot 100, and became Jr. Walker’s second number one on the R&B charts. The song was also a hit in the UK in 1969, reaching number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. It remained in the chart for 12 weeks. The song was voted Top US Soul Record of 1969 and has sold over a million copies. Its extended intro and saxophone solo have influenced the works of David SanbornClarence Clemons, and Bobby Keys.

Alton Ellis also covered the song on his 1974 album Mr. Soul of Jamaica. Many sources give the release date for this album as 1967. Many, such as AllMusic, question the year of release. The version released as a single is dated 1970. In 1986 instrumentalist Kenny G (with Ellis Hall on vocals) covered this tune on his 1986 album “Duotones“. The song appears on the 1982 album  Shangó by Santana.

Song Lyrics –

What does it take
(What does it take)
To win your love for me?
(To win your love for me)
How can I make
(How can I make)
This dream come true for me?
(Had a dream for you)

Whoa, I just got to know
(Have to know)
Ooo, baby ’cause I love you so

‘Gonna blow for you’

I tried, I tried, I tried, I tried
In every way I could
(Anyway I could)
To make you see how much I love you
(See how much I love you)
I thought you understood
(Thought you understood)
So, you gotta make me see
(Make me see)
What does it take
To win your love for me?

‘Gonna blow, again for you’