I Need a Man (Grace Jones song)

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"I Need a Man"
Single by Grace Jones
from the album Portfolio
B-side "Again and Again"
Released 1975, 1977
Format 7", 12"
Genre Disco
Length 3:22
Label Orfeus, Beam Junction
Writer(s) Paul Adrian Slade, Pierre Papadiamondis
Producer(s) Tom Moulton
Grace Jones singles chronology
"I Need a Man"

"I Need a Man" is a 1975 single by Grace Jones.


"I Need a Man" was the debut single for Grace Jones, originally recorded and released in France for the label Orfeus while Jones was still working as a fashion model. Its initial release passed fairly unnoticed. The track was later released in the U.S. on the minor disco label Beam Junction before Jones signed with Island Records, re-recorded the track and included it on her 1977 debut album Portfolio. "I Need a Man" then became a modest hit, reaching number 1 spot on the Billboard dance chart. It also contributed to Jones' growing popularity among gay scene.[1]

The original recording of "I Need a Man", together with its B-side, "Again and Again", remain unreleased on CD.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was made using the chroma key technique and presents Grace wearing a white, knee-long plain dress, dancing to the track.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" Single (1975)[2]
A. "I Need a Man" - 3:15
B. "Again and Again" - 3:46
A. "I Need a Man" (Disco Mix) - 7:30
B. "I Need a Man" (Instrumental Version) - 4:53
  • UK 7" Single (1977)[5]
A. "I Need a Man" - 3:29
B. "I Need a Man" (Part 2) - 4:17

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
United States[6][7] 83
United States (Hot Dance Club Songs)[6] 1

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Grace Jones w Polsce". www.innastrona.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Grace Jones - I Need A Man (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Grace Jones - I Need A Man (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  4. ^ "I Need a Man by Grace Jones : Reviews and Ratings - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Grace Jones - I Need A Man / I Need A Man (Part 2) (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Grace Jones". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  7. ^ "Grace Jones Album & Song Chart History". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Chart Stats - Man 2 Man - I Need A Man". www.chartstats.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 

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Preceded by
"Do What You Wanna Do" by T-Connection
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
May 7, 1977 - May 20, 1977
Succeeded by
"Got to Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye