Giving Up is a popular song written by Van McCoy which was introduced by Gladys Knight & the Pips with an April 1964 single release which was a Top 10 R&B hit,reaching #6 R&B and a Top 40 Pop Hit, peaking at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the UK, where the Gladys Knight & the Pips original of "Giving Up" failed to chart in its June 1964 release, a belated cover of the song was recorded in 1965 by Julie Grant with her regular producer Tony Hatch and released that March without evident result. Bill Kenwright also had a UK single release of "Giving Up" in August 1968, the track being the B-side of the non-charting single "Love's Black and White".
The song's composer Van McCoy would produce a 1969 remake of "Giving Up" by the Ad Libs which peaked at #34 R&B.
Donny Hathaway remade "Giving Up" for his 1971 self-titled album for which it served as lead single reaching #21 R&B in the summer of 1972: Hathaway's version also crossed over to #81 on the Billboard Hot 100. sax player Kirk Whalum recorded "Giving Up" for his 2010 tribute album Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway.
"Giving Up" has also been recorded by the Hassles, Jennifer Holliday, Denise LaSalle, Kenny Lattimore and Zulema.