If This World Were Mine

"If This World Were Mine" is a 1967 song by soul music duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell from their album United. Written solely by Gaye, it was one of the few songs they recorded without Ashford & Simpson writing or producing. When it was released as a single in November 1967 as the B-side to the duo's "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You", it hit the Billboard pop singles chart, peaking at number sixty-eight, and peaked at number twenty-seven on the Billboard R&B singles chart. Gaye would later put the song into his set list during his last tours in the early-1980s as he performed a medley of his hits with Terrell.

The song is covered by Joe Bataan on the 1968 Fania Allstars LP Live at the Red Garter, Vol. 2, and by Ambrose Slade (pre-Slade) on their 1969 album Beginnings.

Fifteen years after the original recording, Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn re-recorded it for her album Instant Love and made the song a R&B top five smash peaking at number four in 1982. A decade later, Coko of SWV and rising R&B singer and Tyrese recorded it for her 1999 solo album Hot Coko. In 2005, Alicia Keys and Jermaine Paul recorded it for the Luther Vandross tribute album So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross. R&B singer Tweet sampled the Gaye/Terrell original for the intro of her 2005 single "Turn Da Lights Off", featuring Missy Elliott.

The song is featured on John Legend's 2004 live album Solo Sessions Vol. 1: Live at the Knitting Factory, with Imani Uzuri singing the female lead.

The cover version by R&B/Soul artists Alicia Keys and Jermaine Paul was nominated Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the Grammy Awards. They didn't win. The Grammy was honored to Beyoncé Knowles and Stevie Wonder for "So Amazing."

Marvin Gaye
Studio albums
  • The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (1961)
  • That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1962)
  • When I'm Alone I Cry (1964)
  • Hello Broadway (1964)
  • How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (1965)
  • A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole (1965)
  • Moods of Marvin Gaye (1966)
  • In the Groove/I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968)
  • M.P.G. (1969)
  • That's the Way Love Is (1970)
  • What's Going On (1971)
  • Trouble Man (1972)
  • Let's Get It On (1973)
  • I Want You (1976)
  • Here, My Dear (1978)
  • In Our Lifetime (1981)
  • Midnight Love (1982)
Posthumous
compilations
  • Dream of a Lifetime (1985)
  • Romantically Yours (1986)
  • Vulnerable (1997)
Duet albums
  • Together (with Mary Wells, 1964)
  • Take Two (with Kim Weston, 1966)
  • United (with Tammi Terrell, 1967)
  • You're All I Need (with Tammi Terrell, 1968)
  • Easy (with Tammi Terrell, 1969)
  • Diana & Marvin (with Diana Ross, 1973)
Compilations
  • Greatest Hits (1964)
  • Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (1967)
  • Marvin Gaye and His Girls (1969)
  • Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Greatest Hits (1970)
  • Super Hits (1970)
  • Anthology (1974)
  • Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits (1976)
  • Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye: Never Before Released Masters (1986)
  • The Marvin Gaye Collection (1990)
  • The Norman Whitfield Sessions (1994)
  • Love Starved Heart: Rare and Unreleased (1994)
  • The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (1994)
  • The Master (1961–1984) (1995)
  • Marvin Gaye: The Love Songs (2000)
  • The Complete Duets (2001)
  • The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (2001)
Live albums
  • Marvin Gaye Recorded Live on Stage (1963)
  • Marvin Gaye Live! (1974)
  • Live at the London Palladium (1977)
  • Marvin Gaye at the Copa (2005)
US/UK Top
Ten singles
  • "Pride and Joy"
  • "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"
  • "I'll Be Doggone"
  • "Ain't That Peculiar"
  • "Your Precious Love"
  • "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You"
  • "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
  • "You're All I Need to Get By"
  • "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
  • "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"
  • "That's the Way Love Is"
  • "Abraham, Martin & John"
  • "The Onion Song"
  • "What's Going On"
  • "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"
  • "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
  • "Trouble Man"
  • "Let's Get It On"
  • "You Are Everything"
  • "Got to Give It Up"
  • "Sexual Healing"
Family
  • Marvin Gay, Sr.
  • Alberta Gay
  • Anna Gordy Gaye
  • Frankie Gaye
  • Nona Gaye
  • Gordon Banks
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Marvin Gaye singles discography
1960s: (Tamla)
1961
"Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide"
1962
"Sandman"
"Soldier's Plea"
"Stubborn Kind of Fellow"
"Hitch Hike"
1963
"Pride and Joy"
"Can I Get a Witness"
"I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby"
1964
"You're a Wonderful One"
"Once Upon a Time"
"What's the Matter with You Baby"
"Try It Baby"
"Baby Don't You Do It"
"What Good Am I Without You"
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"
1965
"I'll Be Doggone"
"Pretty Little Baby"
"Ain't That Peculiar"
1966
"One More Heartache"
"Take This Heart of Mine"
"Little Darling (I Need You)"
"It Takes Two"
1967
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
"Your Unchanging Love"
"Your Precious Love"
"You"
"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You"
1968
"If This World Were Mine"
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
"You're All I Need to Get By"
"Chained"
"Keep On Lovin' Me Honey"
"You Ain't Livin' till You're Lovin'"
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
1969
"Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By"
"Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"
"That's the Way Love Is"
"Abraham, Martin and John"
"What You Gave Me"
"How Can I Forget"
1970s: (Tamla)
1970
"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"
"The Onion Song"
"California Soul"
"The End of Our Road"
1971
"What's Going On"
"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
"Save the Children"
1972
"You're the Man"
"Trouble Man"
"I Want to Come Home for Christmas"
1973
"Let's Get It On"
"You're a Special Part of Me"
"Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"
"Come Get to This"
1974
"You Sure Love to Ball"
"My Mistake (Was to Love You)"
"Don't Knock My Love"
"You Are Everything"
"Distant Lover"
1976
"I Want You"
"After the Dance"
" Since I Had You"
1977
"Got to Give It Up"
1978
"Pops, We Love You (A Tribute to Father)"
1979
"A Funky Space Reincarnation"
"Anger"
"Ego Tripping Out"
1980s: (Tamla/
Columbia)
1981
"Praise"
"Heavy Love Affair"
1982
"Sexual Healing"
1983
"My Love Is Waiting"
"'Til Tomorrow"
"Joy"
Posthumous
1985
"Sanctified Lady"
"It's Madness"
"Just Like"
1986
"The World Is Rated X"
1991
"My Last Chance"
1994
"Lucky, Lucky Me"
2001
"Music"
2005
"Let's Get It On (The M.P.G. Groove Remix)"
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Cheryl Lynn
Studio albums
  • Cheryl Lynn
  • In Love
  • In The Night
  • Instant Love
  • Preppie


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