Havana (song)

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Single by Kenny G
from the album The Moment
Released 1997
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 1996
Genre Smooth jazz, house
Length 7:22
Label Arista
Writer(s) Kenny G, Walter Afanasieff
Producer(s) Kenny G, Walter Afanasieff
Kenny G singles chronology
"The Moment"
"What a Wonderful World"

"Havana" is the title of a 1997 single by jazz musician Kenny G. It was the second single taken from his 1996 studio album, The Moment, which was released on Arista Records. The song was written and produced by Kenny G and Walter Afanasieff. As with virtually all of his songs, Kenny G plays the saxophone on this track. The music was arranged by Bill Ross.

The song peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in early 1997. More noteworthy, however, is the fact that the song was remixed by two well-known DJs, Todd Terry and Tony Moran. These mixes gave the song a completely different sound, with an electronic house music backdrop layered in with the original recording. These mixes were released to dance clubs on promotional 12" singles, and the remixed "Havana" went to #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart in April 1997. To date, this is Kenny's only #1 song on this chart. Both the original and dance versions received radio airplay in the United States as well.

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Preceded by
"Star People '97" by George Michael
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
April 26, 1997
Succeeded by
"To Step Aside" by Pet Shop Boys