Every Time I Close My Eyes

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"Every Time I Close My Eyes"
Single by Babyface featuring Mariah Carey & Kenny G
from the album The Moment and The Day
Released January 14, 1997
Format CD single, promo single, airplay, cassette single
Recorded 1996
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 4:58 (album version)
4:11 (Radio edit)
Label Sony
Writer(s) Babyface
Producer(s)

Babyface

Babyface chronology
"This Is for the Lover in You"
(1996)
"Every Time I Close My Eyes"
(1997)
"How Come, How Long"
(1997)

"Every Time I Close My Eyes" is a song written, produced and performed by American musician Babyface. It was released as the second single from his album The Day. It features Mariah Carey on backing vocals and Kenny G performing a sax solo.

This release met with commercial and critical acclaim, peaking at number six in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in United States and at number 13 in the United Kingdom. At the 40th Grammy Awards this song received a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Song information[edit]

The track was written, produced and performed by Babyface and includes American singer Mariah Carey performing backing vocals, one year after Babyface did the same for her on "Melt Away", a track written and produced by both, included on her album Daydream. It also has a participation by Kenny G playing sax. In the Entertainment Weekly review of The Moment, the 1996 release by Kenny G, which also includes this song, the collaboration was criticised as being "out of place" on the album and a "mismatch" on the basis that it focused too much on the vocals and made Kenny G seem like "a sideman on yet another Babyface hit", but praised the song itself as "a great tune" and stated "...it will sound great on the radio".[1] On the Allmusic review, this track was awarded with 3 stars out of 5.[2]

At the 40th Grammy Awards this song received a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, which it lost to "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John.[3] For the music video of this single, Babyface received a MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Male Video, losing to "Devil's Haircut" by Beck.[4]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[2]
  1. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Radio edit) – 4:11
  2. "Lady, Lady" – 4:23
Digital download[5]
  1. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Timbaland remix) – 4:51
UK CD maxi single (6642492)[6]
  1. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Radio edit) – 4:12
  2. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Linslee Campbell remix) – 5:53
  3. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Every Time I Feel the Groove remix) – 4:43
  4. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Every Time I Feel The Funk remix) – 4:44
  5. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (House of Music remix) – 5:13

Chart performance[edit]

The track debuted at number 19 in the Billboard Hot 100 on 02/01/1997[7] and climb to its peak at number six seven weeks later, spending 26 weeks in the chart.[8] On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaked at number 5.[9] Overseas, the single reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. At the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Year-End charts of 1997, this song ranked at number 26.[10][11]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 6
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[9] 5
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[12] 17
UK Singles Chart[13] 13

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to "Every Time I Close My Eyes":[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Considine, J.D. (1996-10-18). "Nothin' but a G Thang D.". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly and Time Inc. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Every Time I Close My Eyes". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  3. ^ "40th Grammy Awards". Rock on the Net. 1998-02-25. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  4. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards of 1997". Rock on the Net. 1997-09-04. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Every Time I Close My Eyes (Timbaland remix)". Amazon. Amazon, Inc. 2001-02-06. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  6. ^ "Every Time I Close My Eyes (Timbaland remix)". Eli.com. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  7. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-02-01. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-03-22. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-03-01. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  10. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-12-31. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-12-31. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-08-19. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  13. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Every Hit. Retrieved 2006-01-12.