I'll Be Good to You

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"I'll Be Good to You"
Single by The Brothers Johnson
from the album Look Out for #1
B-side "The Devil"
Released 1976
Genre R&B
Length

3:30 (single edit)

4:44 (album version)
Label A&M
Writer(s) George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Sonora Sam
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
"I'll Be Good to You"
Single by Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
from the album Back on the Block
Released September 22, 1989
Genre R&B, dance
Length

4:17 (single edit)

4:54 (album version)
Label Qwest/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) George Johnson, Louis Johnson, Sonora Sam
Producer(s) Quincy Jones

"I'll Be Good to You" is a 1976 hit song by R&B duo The Brothers Johnson. George Johnson, one of the two Johnson brothers in the band, wrote the song after deciding to commit to a relationship with one woman, instead of dating several at a time. While George was recording a demo for the song, family friend Senora Sam came by and added some lyrics.[1] Brothers Johnson producer and mentor Quincy Jones heard the song, liked it, and convinced George to sing lead on the finished track. Released from their debut album, Look Out for #1, it was a top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot Singles Charts, peaking at number three, and a number one song on the Billboard R&B Charts during the summer of 1976.[2] The single was later certified gold by the RIAA.

Thirteen years later in 1989, it became a number one R&B hit again, with Chaka Khan and Ray Charles doing the lead vocals on Quincy Jones' Back on the Block album, and went to number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.[3] It also topped the American dance chart in early 1990.[4] This was Ray Charles first No. 1 R&B hit in twenty-four years.

Chart positions[edit]

The Brothers Johnson version[edit]

Charts Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1

Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan version[edit]

Charts Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1 (2)
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
Preceded by
"Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
(The Brothers Johnson version)

June 12, 1976
Succeeded by
"Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady)" by Natalie Cole
Preceded by
"Rhythm Nation" by Janet Jackson
Billboard's Hot Black Singles number one single
(Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan version)

October 17-24, 1989
Succeeded by
"Make It Like It Was" by Regina Belle

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 80. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 307. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 139. 

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