Give Me Just a Little More Time (1970) – The Chairmen of the Board

I don’t know how I came across this highly emotive and energetic song, but it was very recent and I was sold. Give Me Just a Little More Time was the debut single for Chairmen of the Board and features singer General Johnson as the narrator, (backed by group members Danny Woods, Harrison Kennedy and Eddie Curtis) begging a sweetheart not to rush intimacy: “We both want the sweetness in life/ But these things don’t come overnight.

Life’s too short to make a mistake
Let’s think of each other and hesitate
Young and impatient we may be
There’s no need to act foolishly
If we part our hearts won’t forget it
Years from now we’ll surely regret it

Give me just a little more time
And our love will surely grow
Give me just a little more time
And our love will surely grow

You can feel he is singing the words with his heart, begging and pleading, for a little more time. Just a stand-out voice and so unique. I especially like when he sings the Spanish sounding of ‘Brrrrr‘. As someone commented, ‘why in the hell isn’t music these days just a fraction as marvelous as this?’ There is of course some good modern music, but considerably more good oldies; may be because I’m just a has-been!

The song peaked at No 3 on the US Billboard charts and had already sold 1 million records in the US by September 1970. Give Me Just a Little More Time was covered in 1992 by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue which tries to mimic the original and ridiculously so, but The Chairmen version remains unfettered.
Their original version is such a great song which I have enjoyed listening to over and over. To my ear, their verses supersede the chorus which always invigorates me.

Reference:
1. Give Me Just a Little More Time – wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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24 comments on “Give Me Just a Little More Time (1970) – The Chairmen of the Board
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Matt…did I not comment on this…this morning? I must be losing my mind! I love seventies R&B and soul! This is a wonderful song! I love the feeling they put in it.

  2. I love R&B and soul, but hated this song when it came out in 1970, as I found the singer’s vocals so incredibly annoying. In time, however, the song grew on me, though it’s never been one of my favorites.

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