All of You (Julio Iglesias and Diana Ross song)

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"All of You"
Single by Julio Iglesias and Diana Ross
from the album 1100 Bel Air Place and the album Swept Away
B-side "The Last Time"
Released June 1984
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Genre Pop; adult contemporary
Length 3:57
Label Columbia/CBS Records and RCA Records
Writer(s) Cynthia Weil (lyrics writer)
Julio Iglesias, Tony Renis (joint music composers)
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Diana Ross singles chronology
"Let's Go Up"
(1983)
"All of You"
(1984)
"Swept Away"
(1984)

"All of You" is a 1984 vocal duet between Julio Iglesias and Diana Ross, produced by Richard Perry, which was released as a single from both Iglesias's album 1100 Bel Air Place, released on the Columbia Records label, and Ross's album Swept Away, released on the RCA Records label, for which Ross was then recording.

Background to the partnership[edit]

In the middle 1980s, having already achieved a high level of international prominence, the Real Madrid Castillia football goalkeeper turned singer Julio Iglesias was seeking to gain a foothold in American music; to this end, he had learned English. On his album 1100 Bel Air Place, he had already recorded a cover version of "The Air That I Breathe" in duet partnership with the Beach Boys and an original selection, "To All The Girls I've Loved Before," in duet partnership with Willie Nelson. Richard Perry, the album's music producer, sugggested the idea of Iglesias having Diana Ross as yet another duet partner, and Iglesias agreed.

To the extent which became public knowledge, Iglesias and Ross had never met each other, least of all performed together, before becoming duet partners on the selection; Iglesias's and Ross's meeting when the video was being produced is believed to have been their first. That would soon change as Ross reportedly ended up spending the Christmas holiday season at Iglesias's Miami estate, 1100 Bel Air Place, after which his album was titled. They there celebrated the success of their global duet that hit #1 in Spain, #3 in Italy, and #8 in Canada for example. In the United States, it reached #12 in Cash Box and #19 in Billboard. Additionally, "All of You" reached #2 on Adult Contemporary radio. Because it was the second single from 1100 Bel Air Place and the first single from Diana's successful "Swept Away" album, it helped sell both artists's albums. It also boasted a hugely popular and sensual music video.

Ross was having some career difficulties at the time she agreed to the duet partnership with Iglesias; she had left Motown Records over a dispute with Berry Gordy which would not be resolved for years, and was recording for RCA Records (EMI in the UK and the rest of the world) at the time. Though her debut album for the label, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, had been successful three years before, her most recently released album, Ross, was not performing as well.

Iglesias collaborated with one of his "Amigos," Tony Renis, on the composition of the music; veteran songwriter Cynthia Weil, better known for her partnership with Barry Mann, wrote the lyrics, which were in English—a language Iglesias could barely speak at the time. Richard Perry served as music producer.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Austrian Top 40 12
Australian Charts 19
Belgian Ultratop 9
Canadian Hot 100 8
Dutch Top 40 7
French Singles Chart 27
German Singles Chart 32
Irish Singles Chart 23
Italian Singles Chart 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 10
Spanish Singles Chart 1
U.K. Singles Chart[1] 43
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 19
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 38
U.S. Adult Contemporary (chart)[4] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. HIT Entertainment. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006. Record Research. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Adult Songs: 1961-2006. Record Research.