Written by Earl Moss, the song was originally released by Smash Records (an American record label founded in 1961 as a subsidiary of Mercury Records), and was produced by Spectra Productions. The Festivals, comprised of singers Vaughn Price, Earl Moss, Woody Price, and Leon Thomas who were based in Texas, debuted on Smash Records with “I’ll Always Love You” in the fall of 1966. The group’s momentum increased in the spring of 1967, when Smash released “You Got the Makings of a Lover,” a soulfully rendered composition that highlights the quartet’s shimmering vocal blend.
Sly, Slick & Wicked from Los Angeles re-worked the song in the 1990s – that version inspired many to seek out the original. The tune was next covered by Mayer Hawthorne, and released on Stones Throw Records. Most recently, the song was sampled by GRAMMY Award-nominated group Migos for their song “BBO”.
Riptide CEO Keatly Haldeman said, “Back in the early 1960s, Earl Moss wrote a truly iconic-sounding song, and we can’t wait to expose this gem to a new generation. With The Festivals, Sly, Slick & Wicked, Mayer Hawthorne, and Migos covers, “You’ve Got The Makings Of A Lover” has significance throughout six decades of musical history. We’re honored to have the opportunity to play a part in the cultural phenomenon that is Migos. This is going to be fun!”