My Cherie Amour (song)

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"My Cherie Amour"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album My Cherie Amour
B-side "I Don't Know Why I Love You"
Released January 28, 1969
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1967-68
Genre Soul, pop
Length 2:54
Label Tamla
T 54180
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy
Producer(s) Henry Cosby
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day"
(1968)
"My Cherie Amour"
(1969)
"Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday"
(1969)

"My Cherie Amour" is a 1969 soul classic by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder.

The song was originally recorded from late 1967 to early 1968, but not released until early 1969. The song was co-written by Wonder, Sylvia Moy, and Henry Cosby; Cosby also served as producer of the song.

Background[edit]

The song was originally written about Wonder's girlfriend while he was at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, Michigan, and had the title "Oh My Marsha". After they broke up, the lyrics and title were altered to the more general "My Cherie Amour". All the instruments except for the horns and the strings were recorded on November 8, 1967. Then, on November 17th of that year, the horns and strings were added at Golden World Records, one year before it closed down. Finally, Wonder's vocals were added on January 15, 1968, but it was not released until January 28, 1969 because at the time of the song's release, Wonder had some vocal problems and had to wait until the problems were gone, so Motown decided to release some songs that Wonder had recorded years before and My Cherie Amour was one of them. The song became a #4 hit on both the Billboard pop and R&B singles charts in 1969. Wonder also released Spanish- and Italian-language versions entitled "Mi Querido Amor" and "My Cherie Amor", respectively.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 14
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 14
Ireland (IRMA)[1] 9
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 4

Covers[edit]

"My Cherie Amour" was featured on the Jackson 5's 1969 debut album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, with lead vocals from Jermaine Jackson. It was also covered by vocalists Andy Williams (for his 1969 RIAA-certified gold album Get Together with Andy Williams), in an instrumental reggae/jazz version by Harry Johnson & The All Stars (for their 1969 album Liquidator), Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (for their 1970 album What Love Has...Joined Together), Engelbert Humperdinck (for his 1970 album We Made It Happen), Billy Eckstine (for his 1971 album Feel the Warm), Donnie Elbert (for his 1972 album Stop In The Name Of Love) and Quincy Jones (for his 1975 album Mellow Madness with vocals from Leon Ware, Minnie Riperton and Paulette McWilliams). Its familiar bass line has also been used in several other songs, most notably "Until You Come Back to Me" by Aretha Franklin and "Soul Inspiration" by Anita Baker.

Toward the end of the 1970s, the song was also covered by several disco artists, including Rhythm Heritage (1976), Soul Train Gang (1977), Alice Street Gang (1978), Triple S Connection (1979) and Orquesta Novel (1980) and Italian singer Mina (1987). The song was covered as a single by Disco band Boney M. and later included in their album Eye Dance (1985). In 1994, Mexican singer Cristian Castro covered the song in Spanish as "Mi Querido Amor" on his album El Camino del Alma. In 2007, Eros Ramazzotti covered it in one track of the tribute album Rhythms del Mundo Classics by the Buena Vista Social Club. In 2009, Rod Stewart covered the song on his studio album Soulbook and his version featured Stevie Wonder. In 2010, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti covered the opening vocal melody in the first few seconds of the song "Round and Round" from Before Today.[2]

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