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"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)"
Single by Kool & The Gang
from the album Something Special
ReleasedOctober 1981
3:59 (7")
4:01 (12")
LabelDe-Lite Records
Songwriter(s)Eumir Deodato, Robert Earl Bell, Ronald Nathan Bell, Claydes Charles Smith, James "J.T." Taylor and George Smith
Kool & The Gang singles chronology
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"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)"
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"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" or "Take My Heart" is a 1981 single by Kool & the Gang from their album, Something Special.


The single was the group's sixth number-one R&B single, reaching the top of the U.S. R&B chart for a single week. It also reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Year-end chart (1982) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[2] 85

Track listing[edit]

De-Lite Records - DE-815:[3]

1."Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" (From the album Something Special)Claydes Charles Smith, James Taylor & George Brown3:59
2."Just Friends" (From the album Celebrate!)Ronald Bell4:23

De-Lite Records - 0930.037:[4]

1."Take My Heart"Claydes Charles Smith, James Taylor & George Brown4:01
2."Just Friends"Ronald Bell4:23

In popular culture[edit]

Robert Palmer covered the song on his 1983 album Pride under the title "You Can Have It (Take My Heart)". His version reached #66 in the United Kingdom.

In 2003, saxophonist Jimmy Sommers covered the song from his release "Lovelife."[5][6]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 333.
  2. ^ "Talent in Action : Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 94 (51): TIA-20. December 25, 1982.
  3. ^ "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)/Just Friends". Discogs. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Take My Heart/Just Friends". Discogs. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Lovelife overview". Allmusic.com.
  6. ^ "Jimmy Sommers Bio". JimmySommers.com.


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