"The Way You Love Me" - Karyn White
from the album Karyn White (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14
Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Karyn White, who had gotten her big break as a featured vocalist on lite-jazz artist Jeff Lorber's top-40 hit single "Facts Of Love" in the winter of 1987. On the success of that, she got a solo record deal with Warner Brothers, and released her self-titled debut album in 1988. The first single from the set, "The Way You Love Me", was a by-the-numbers dance-pop song written and produced by the Deele's Babyface and L.A. Reid along with Daryl Simmons...
"The Way You Love Me" became Karyn's first big solo hit, reaching the top-10 on the American pop chart in February of 1989. The song also topped Billboard's R&B chart for a week, and climbed to #38 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. The extended remix made it to #5 on the Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in the Netherlands (#22), but just missed out in Britain (#42). The record was nominated for a Grammy in 1989 for best R&B female vocal, losing out to Anita Baker's "Giving You The Best That I Got".
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Here's the 12" club mix that made the top-5 on the dance chart...
... and lastly, Karyn performing live at the Apollo to promote the album...
Up tomorrow: The bad one is a lawbreaker.