All the Man That I Need

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"All the Man That I Need"
Single by Whitney Houston
from the album I'm Your Baby Tonight
B-side "Dancin' on the Smooth Edge"
Released December 4, 1990
Format CD single, Cassette single, 7" single, Video single
Recorded 1989
Genre R&B, pop, soul
Length 4:11
Label Arista
Writer(s) Dean Pitchford, Michael Gore
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden
Certification Gold (US)
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"I'm Your Baby Tonight"
(1990)
"All the Man That I Need"
(1990)
"The Star Spangled Banner"
(1991)
I'm Your Baby Tonight track listing
"My Name Is Not Susan"
(2)
"All the Man That I Need"
(3)
"Lover For Life"
(4)
Music video
"All the Man That I Need" on YouTube

"All the Man That I Need" is a song written by American songwriters Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. The song was first recorded as "All The Man I Need" by Linda Clifford in 1982, for her album I'll Keep on Loving You. Pitchford and Gore (who wrote the song "Red Light" from Fame for her in 1980) had in mind Clifford and her husband when they wrote the song.

"'All the Man I Need' was actually written for my husband and myself. I recorded it in 1980, when I recorded 'Red Light' from the movie Fame. Whitney Houston recorded it years later." As Linda states, writers Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford actually wrote that song for Linda and Nick for the 'I'll Keep Loving You' album. Linda had gotten out of a bad marriage some years earlier and when Michael and Dean saw how happy Linda and Nick were together; the song kind of wrote itself.

In 1982, the American musical group Sister Sledge recorded another version of the song as "All The Man I Need" as a duet with the singer David Simmons, on the Sister Sledge album 'The Sisters' (1982).[1] Their version failed to make a large impact on the Billboard Hot 100, but reached a moderate peak of number forty-five on the Hot R&B Singles chart.[1][2]

In 1991, Whitney Houston had a number one multiple chart hit with the song, recorded as "All The Man That I Need", from her 1990 album, I'm Your Baby Tonight. Whitney Houston's version featured production from Narada Michael Walden and the single became a major worldwide hit, received mainly positive reviews from music critics, and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart; it remains her fourth biggest hit in that chart.[3] It also peaked at number one on the Billboard R&B Singles and Adult Contemporary charts. Elsewhere, the song reached number one in Canada, while peaking within the top 20 in Ireland, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, while reaching the top 40 in countries like Austria, France, Germany, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

Houston performed the song on her Feels So Right Tour (1990), I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour (1991), The Bodyguard World Tour (1993–94), The Pacific Rim Tour (1997), and The European Tour (1998). She has also performed the song on many other appearances including the televised concert Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston, dedicated to the troops, their families, and military and government dignitaries in honor of those returning from the Gulf War. She later performed the song on Hollywood Rock festival and other shows.

In 1994, Luther Vandross (who made the arrangements of the original Linda Clifford version) included his own version, "All the Woman That I Need" on his album "Songs". Musically, the song is an R&B number, and the lyrics speak about a special one.

Background[edit]

"All the Man That I Need" was originally written in 1981, by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, and was intended to be recorded by American singer Linda Clifford.[1] Clifford recorded her version of the song for inclusion on her album I'll Keep on Loving You, and subsequently released it as a single, but it failed to chart.[1] Later, Pitchford revealed that although different versions of the song were made, no one was really scoring a major success with it. "I figured that it was one of those songs that was going to get cut a number of times and not ever have its day," he said.[1] However, he was a close friend of Arista Records' president Clive Davis, and it was over a dinner with him that the subject of the song "All the Man That I Need" again came up. After a discussion between the two regarding the song, a demo version of it was sent to Davis. Davis, was impressed with the song, but felt they would be unable to do anything with it at that time as Houston had recently finished recording her second album, .[1] Then came a long and agonizing wait for Pitchford while Arista went about the task of marketing Houston's second album, Whitney, so this meant that any plans for a third were still some way off. During this interim period, Pitchford's publishers received many requests from interested parties who wanted one of their acts to record the song. However, in the end Houston finally recorded it on her album I'm Your Baby Tonight.[1]

Composition[edit]

A 24-second sample of Whitney Houston's "All the Man That I Need."

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"All the Man That I Need" is an R&B song. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Alfred Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of F minor.[4] The beat is set in common time, and moves at a slow tempo of 76 beats per minute.[4] It has the sequence of Bm–Fm–E–E/D–D–Cm7 as its chord progression.[4] Houston's vocals in the song span from the note of C4 to the note of C5, while the piano elements range from the note of B1 to the high note of F5 .[4] Stephen Holden of The New York Times, wrote that the song was an "expression of sexual hero worship."[5] The song also features a saxophone solo by American recording artist Kenny G.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

"All the Man That I Need" garnered mainly positive reviews from music critics. In a review of the album I'm Your Baby Tonight, James Hunter from Rolling Stone magazine called it "an outsize ballad about poverty and damaged self-regard, so expertly that the song, with its effective whiff of Spanish guitar, stages undeniable pop drama."[7] Allmusic's Ashley S. Battel said that the song is one of "the two high points she does reach on this album [I'm Your Baby Tonight]" and added "the uplifting tale of another's [sic] love being enough to provide happiness in [the song]."[8] The New York Times '​ Stephen Holden was also positive in his review, viewing the song as a "hunk of gargantuan pop bombast swathed in echo and glitzy astral twinkles."[5] Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune was also positive in his review, writing that through the song, Houston was providing "soundtrack to a million love affairs."[9]

Accolades[edit]

"All the Man That I Need" was nominated for "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female," Houston's fifth nomination for the category, at the 34th Grammy Awards on February 26, 1992.[10] The song was also nominated for "Best R&B/Soul Single, Female" at the 6th Soul Train Music Awards on March 10, 1992.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Released in December 1990, "All the Man That I Need" entered the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart at number 53, the issue dated December 22, 1990.[12] Ten weeks later, on the issue dated February 23, 1991, it ascended to the top of the chart, becoming Houston's ninth number-one on the chart.[13] It stayed atop the chart for two weeks and remained on the chart for a total of 23 weeks.[14] It also topped the Hot 100 Singles Sales and Hot 100 Airplay charts, her first song to achieve this feat since "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" in 1988.[citation needed] The single entered the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (formerly Hot R&B Singles) at number 58, the same week it debuted on the Hot 100.[15] It later peaked at number one on the chart, the issue date of March 2, 1991, making it Houston's fifth R&B number-one hit.[16] When it hit the pole position of the R&B chart, the single enjoyed its second and third week at the top of the Hot 100 and Hot Adult Contemporary charts, respectively.[17] As a result, it became her first single topped simultaneously all of three different Billboard charts — the Hot 100, Hot R&B, and Hot Adult Contemporary — and overall the third triple-crown hit, after 1985's "Saving All My Love for You" and 1986's "How Will I Know," reached the top spot on those of three charts in separate weeks.[18] The song maintained the top position of the Adult Contemporary chart for four weeks, her second-longest stay on the chart.[19] It was ranked number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End chart for 1991.[20] The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 copies or more on March 21, 1991.[21] In Canada, the song debuted at 90 on the RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks chart, the issue date of January 12, 1991.[22] Seven weeks later, it peaked at number one on the chart and stayed there for a week.[23]

Internationally, the song experienced some success. It went to number-one in Canada. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 27, the week ending date of December 22, 1990, and peaked at number 13 on January 19, 1991 in that country.[24][25] According to The Official Charts Company, the single has sold 120,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[26] It also reached number 16 in Ireland,[27] 11 in Netherlands,[28] 21 in Austria,[29] and 28 in France.[30] The song also peaked at number 37 in Germany,[31] 36 in New Zealand,[32] and 28 in Switzerland.[33]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video for "All the Man That I Need" was directed by Peter Israelson.[34] The video begins with Houston, donning a curly hairstyle, and wearing a black turtleneck, with her initials "WH" embroidered on it, standing against a wall in a house. She then moves forward in the room, and sits on a chair, singing her lines looking into the camera. The video then switches into another room in the house with all white furniture, including a bed, wardrobe, and grand piano, in which Houston sings. She then moves outside on the balcony, where it is raining. After that scene, she is now seen performing, accompanied by a children's choir, on a stage, in front of an audience at some sort of program. The video ends with Houston finishing the performance, with her outline shown online.

Live performances and cover versions[edit]

Houston performing "All the Man That I Need" on Saturday Night Live on February 23, 1991

Houston performed the song on three of her regional and two world tours. She premiered the song in January 1990, during her Feels So Right Japan Tour, before the release of I'm Your Baby Tonight. This performance was taped in Yokohama on January 7, 1990 and broadcast on Japanese TV channel.[citation needed] The song was also performed on her third world tour, I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour. Two different performances of the song on this tour were taped in Yokohama, Japan, on March 15, 1991[35] and in A Coruña, Spain, on September 29, 1991.[36] The former was broadcast on Japanese TV channel. The latter was aired on Spanish TV channel, and in the United States, her first hourlong TV special, "Whitney Houston: This Is My Life," on ABC TV, dated May 6, 1992.[37] In addition, the performance can be found on the video: Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston, taped in Norfolk, Virginia on March 31, 1991.[38] Two years later on The Bodyguard World Tour (1993–94), she performed the song as a final part of "Love Medley," along with "I Love You," "All at Once," "Nobody Love Me Like You Do," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go." Four different performances of the song were taped and broadcast on each country's TV channel during South American leg of the tour in 1994: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on January 16, during Hollywood Rock festival; Santiago, Chile on April 14; Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 16; and Caracas, Venezuela on April 21.[39][40][41] Houston also performed the song on two of her regional tour, The Pacific Rim Tour (1997) and The European Tour (1998).

Besides her tour performances of the song, she performed the song on various TV shows and the concerts. On December 11, 1990, Houston appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host: Jay Leno) and performed the song to accompaniment of her tour band.[42] She also performed the song at The Arsenio Hall Show, and Saturday Night Live on February 23, 1991, which was her first appearance on the show.[43] "All the Man That I Need" was performed as a part of medley by Houston at the 2nd Billboard Music Awards on December 9, 1991.[44] The medley consisted of two Billie Holiday's classics―"Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)" and "My Man"―and the song. In 1996, she performed the song on Brunei: The Royal Wedding Celebration, a private gig for the wedding of Princess Rashidah, the eldest daughter of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. American singer Luther Vandross performed the song with altered lyrics, as "All The Woman I Need", at the 2001 BET Awards, in honor of Houston.[45]

Track listings[edit]

GER CD Maxi[46]
No. Title Length
1. "All the Man That I Need"   4:11
2. "Dancin' on the Smooth Edge"   5:50
3. "Greatest Love of All" (Live) 7:30
US CD Single[47]
No. Title Length
1. "All the Man That I Need"   4:11

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Seal, Richard (1994). One Moment in Time: Whitney Houston. Britannia Press Publishing. ISBN 0-9519937-8-X{{inconsistent citations}} 

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