The Miracles - I Like It Like That

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"I Like It Like That"
Single by The Miracles
from the album I Like It Like That
B-side "You're So Fine and Sweet"
Released June 3rd, 1964
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); April 30th, and May 12th, 1964
Genre Soul
Length 2:29
Label Tamla
T 54098
Writers Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin
Producer Smokey Robinson
The Miracles singles chronology
"(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man In You"
"I Like It Like That"
"That's What Love Is Made Of"


  "I Like It Like That" was a 1964 hit song by Motown group The Miracles on its Tamla label subsidiary. It reached the Top 30 of the Billboard Pop chart, charting at #27 and the Top 10 of Cash Box R&B chart, peaking at #10.(Billboard Magazine's R&B chart was temporarily suspended during this time). This is not the Chris Kenner hit song of the same name, but rather, a Miracles original, written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Marv Tarplin, and is included on the group's first greatest hits album, "Greatest Hits from the Beginning". It was also the title song from their long-since deleted 1964 album of the same name.

"I Like It Like That" was released during a period (1964) when Smokey and the Miracles were so busy touring as the headline act with the famed Motortown Revue shows, and writing big hits for other Motown acts, principally Mary wells and The Temptations, that their own chart action suffered. Of the group's four single releases that year (the others were "Come On Do the Jerk", "(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man In You", and "That's What Love Is Made Of"), "I Like It Like That" was the only one to crack the Billboard Pop Top 30, while two songs that they wrote for the two aforementioned acts, "My Guy" and "My Girl" respectively, both reached #1 Pop. ("My Girl" was originally intended to be recorded by The Miracles, had they released it instead, it would have given them a badly needed big hit that year). Fortunately the following year, 1965, would prove to be The Miracles' biggest year ever. "I Like It Like That" has inspired cover versions by Bobby Vee and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. The song's B side, "You're So Fine And Sweet", featured a rare lead by Miracles second tenor Bobby Rogers (who had sung co-lead vocals with Smokey on the group's smash single "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" the previous year), and inspired a cover version by The Undertakers.


The Miracles:

  • Smokey Robinson
  • Bobby Rogers
  • Marv Tarplin
  • Ronnie White
  • Claudette Robinson
  • Pete Moore

Additional instruments: The Funk Brothers




The Miracles - I Like It Like That / You're So Fine and Sweet

U.K. Stateside SS 324 (1964).

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record labels are clean and unmarked.

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