I Don't Want You to Go (Lani Hall song)

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"I Don't Want You To Go"
Single cover
Single by Lani Hall
from the album Collectibles...
Released 1983
Format Vinyl
Genre Jazz
Length 4:29
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Bruce Roberts, Allee Willis
Producer(s) Allee Willis , Dick Rudolph

"I Don't Want You to Go" is a love ballad written by Bruce Roberts and Allee Willis. It has been recorded by a number of different artists.

Lani Hall version[edit]

The song was published on May 7, 1980 and its copyright registered on June 30 of that year. "I Don't Want You To Go" first appeared on Lani Hall's studio album Blush in 1980. It wasn't until 1983 that the song, modified by Herb Alpert, was released as a single for her album Collectibles... [1]


"I Don't Want You to Go"
Single by La Toya Jackson
from the album My Special Love
B-side "Love Song"
Released 1981
Format 7" single
Recorded 1981
Genre Jazz, Soul
Length 4:22
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Bruce Roberts, Allee Willis
Producer(s) Ollie E. Brown
La Toya Jackson singles chronology
"Stay the Night"
"I Don't Want You to Go"
"Bet'cha Gonna Need My Lovin'"

La Toya Jackson version[edit]

"I Don't Want You to Go" is the second single from American singer La Toya Jackson's second album My Special Love.[2] It was released on 7" format with the album track "Love Song" as a B-side. Jackson performed "I Don't Want You to Go" on the October 10, 1981 episode of "Soul Train". Allmusic reviewer Justin Kantor praised Jackson's vocal performances on the other songs on My Special Love but said that her performance of "I Don't Want You to Go" "isn't up to the task".[2]

Track listings[edit]

US 7" Vinyl (PD 2188DJ)[3]
  1. "I Don't Want You to Go (7")" 3:58
  2. "Love Song" 4:03

Sharon Cuneta[edit]

Filipino singer Sharon Cuneta covered the song on her 1981 album P.S. I Love You and again on her 2006 album Isn't It Romantic? under Sony-BMG.[4][5] The song is a staple of Cuneta's repertoire. Of the songs on Isn't It Romantic, "I Don't Want You to Go" was called "the best of the lot" by the Philippine Headline News Online.[6]

Mark Bautista[edit]

Filipino singer and model Mark Bautista recorded a version of the song and included it on his 2007 album Every Now And Then.[7] The Philippine Daily Inquirer offered a mixed review of Bautista's performance of the song, calling it "serviceable" and "emotionally pared down".[8]

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Lani Hall Discography". Amcorner.com. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  2. ^ a b Kantor, Justin. "My Special Love: LaToya Jackson". allmusic. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "La Toya Jackson - I Don't Want You To Go". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  4. ^ "P.S. I Love You: Sharon Cuenta". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Isn't It Romantic?: Sharon Cuenta". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Romance in Sharon's Eyes". Philippine Headline News Online. February 9, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ Mark Bautista Discography
  8. ^ Asilo, Rito (June 8, 2007). "Inspired renditions in Mark Bautista’s ‘Every Now and Then’". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Changes: Tanya Tucker". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Heartfelt: Kyla". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-09-25.