I Don't Have the Heart

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"I Don't Have the Heart"
Single by James Ingram
from the album It's Real
Released August 25, 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre R&B
Length 4:14
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Allan Rich, Jud Friedman
Producer(s) Thom Bell, James Ingram
James Ingram singles chronology
"The Secret Garden"
(1990)
"I Don't Have the Heart"
(1990)
"When Was the Last Time Music Made You Cry"
(1991)

"I Don't Have the Heart" is the title of a No. 1 hit song that was written by Allan Rich and Jud Friedman and recorded by American R&B recording artist James Ingram. It is Ingram's only number-one single as a solo artist on the US Billboard Hot 100, and his second number-one single overall, since the Patti Austin-featured "Baby, Come to Me", which topped the Hot 100 in 1983. Ingram received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991 for the song.

Released as the fourth single from Ingram's 1989 album It's Real, "I Don't Have the Heart" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20, 1990. The ballad remained at No. 1 for one week, and is his only solo number-one career hit to date. Singer Stacy Lattisaw recorded the song as well, and her version was released on Motown Records at the same time as Ingram's, although it was not as commercially successful. Steven Rosen, music publisher for peermusic, who published Jud Friedman, worked directly with Benny Medina and hired independent AC radio to help push Warner Bros. records on the song. The song went to #1 AC and caught the attention of Warners POP Radio department. At the same time Ingram hired Barry Orms as his manager who worked at Dick Scott Entertainment, home to New Kids On The Block. Just as this song was being promoted pop, radio promo guru Mark Benish at Dick Scott Entertainment called in all favors Ingram's single before he went to lead the promotion department at Interscope Records. These events were the catalyst to the success of making the song a #1 record.[1]

Charts[edit]

End of year chart (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Billboard Book of No. 1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
Preceded by
"Praying For Time" by George Michael
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 20, 1990
Succeeded by
"Black Cat" by Janet Jackson