The original version is a soul/disco/gospel track (released in the UK by streetwave in 1986) written by Anthony B. Stephens, Arnecia Michelle Harris and John Bellamy. It featured an a cappella version utilised by Paul Simpson when he combined this with the backing track to the Adeva song "Musical Freedom (You've got the Love) in 1989. The most well known house mix by DJ Eren was released in 1991 and layered the vocal track over an instrumental version of the Frankie Knuckles/Jamie Principle house song "Your Love" itself a stripped down version of the italo-disco track Feels Good (Carrots and Beets) by Electra featuring Tara Butler. The original Candi Staton track had been recorded for a video-only 1980s documentary about an obese man who was trying to lose weight. When approached by The Source, Candi said she couldn't remember her having recorded a song called "You Got the Love". It was only later when she realised she had performed the song years earlier for the documentary. The producers of the video had selected the song for her to sing, but as they had no funds to pay her, they donated half of the copyright and publishing to Candi
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