Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Songoftheday 8/2/17 - I used to cry myself to sleep at night but that was all before he came, I thought love had to hurt to turn out right but now he's here It's not the same...

"All The Man That I Need" - Whitney Houston
from the album I'm Your Baby Tonight (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day is from Whitney Houston, who started out the 1990's returning to smooth soul music with her #1 pop/R&B smash "I'm Your Baby Tonight" written by Babyface and L.A. Reid. The second single from the album of that name was the bombastic love ballad "All The Man That I Need". Written by the team of Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore (who wrote Irene Cara's "Fame" together) for red hot disco singer Linda Clifford, who released the song in 1982 with no notice on pop or R&B radio. That same year, Sister Sledge reached the R&B chart with a version of the song. Eight years later, Houston would give the song the audience it deserved, with a vocal performance that was flawless, with soft-pop production from Narada Michael Walden (who helmed her #1 "How Will I Know")...


"All The Man That I Need" became the second #1 pop hit from I'm Your Baby Tonight in February of 1991. The song also topped Billboard's R&B (one week) and Adult Contemporary (four weeks) radio charts. Internationally, the single went to #1 in Canada for a week, and reached the top-40 in the Netherlands (#11), the UK (#13), Belgium (#14), Ireland (#16), Finland (#17), Austria (#21), France (#28), Switzerland (#28), New Zealand (#36), and Germany (#37). The record was nominated for a Grammy for Female Pop Vocal, losing out to Bonnie Raitt's "Something To Talk About".

(Click below to see the rest of the post)


Here's Linda Clifford's original recording of "All The Man That I Need"...


Next up, the great Sister Sledge, who took their cover to #45 on Billboard's R&B chart. It featured David Simmons as a counterpoint vocalist...


Now for some Whitney. She had sung the song live in Japan while still touring for her Whitney album in 1990...


...and her stunning performance on the Arsenio Hall show in 1991...


She killed it on the Billboard Music Awards show later that year...


Luther Vandross, who arranged the Clifford version, released a gender-switched cover of the song in 1994...


..and finally, the great Ms Houston singing for the troops...


Up tomorrow: British sophisti-pop trio are questioning romance. 


No comments: