No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

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"No More Tears
(Enough Is Enough)"
Single by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer
from the album Wet and On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II
B-side "Lucky"
"Wet"
"My Baby Understands" (The Netherlands/Mexico)
"No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" (Special Disco Version) (Sweden)
Released October 28, 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 14—28 August 1979 at Village Recorder studios in Los Angeles
Genre Disco
Length 4:46 (radio edit)
8:19 (Wet album version)
11:46 (On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II album mix)
Label Casablanca (Summer), Columbia (Streisand)
Writer(s) Paul Jabara, Bruce Roberts
Producer(s) Gary Klein, Giorgio Moroder, Harold Faltermeyer (Donna Summer 12" version)
Certification Platinum (US),
Silver (UK)
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Dim All the Lights"
(1979)
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
(1979)
"On the Radio"
(1979)
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"The Main Event / Fight"
(1979)
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
(1979)
"Kiss Me In the Rain"
(1980)

"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" is a 1979 song recorded as a duet by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer.

The song was recorded for Streisand's Wet album and also as a new track for Summer's compilation double album entitled On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2. The full-length version was found on Streisand's album, while a longer 11 minute plus version (the 12" version) was featured on Summer's album. The Summer version features additional production by frequent collaborator Harold Faltermeyer, and incorporates a harder rock edge. The single was released on both Casablanca Records (Summer's label) and Columbia Records (Streisand's label) and sales of the two were amalgamated. The versions on the two 7" singles differed slightly however, with different mixes and slightly different background vocal arrangements. The formats differed between nations - in the UK for example, the song was only released on 7" by Casablanca, and 12" (the extended version from the On The Radio album) by Columbia.[citation needed]

Although the sales of the two labels' releases were amalgamated, both the 7" and the 12" were certified Gold by the RIAA in early 1980. The 7" single was eventually certified Platinum, signifying sales of two million US copies. The single spent two weeks at number one on the U.S. singles chart (making it both singers' fourth chart-topping single in the U.S., as well as Summer's final). On the disco chart, it went to number one for four weeks.[1] It was also a big international hit, and made the top three in the UK.[citation needed]

Summer and Streisand never performed the song together live after recording it, although Summer did sing the song in concert with other female performers, including Tina Arena and her sister Mary Gaines Bernard.[citation needed] Barbra Streisand included a short snippet of it in her 2012 Back To Brooklyn Tour, talking about the recent passing of Donna Summer and how she wished Donna were alive to sing it with her.

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals: Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand
  • Acoustic and Electric Piano: Greg Mathieson
  • Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
  • Drums: James Gadson
  • Guitar: Jay Graydon and Jeff Baxter
  • Background Vocals: Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Luther Waters
  • Produced By Gary Klein for The Entertainment Company in association with Giorgio Moroder Productions
  • Arranged and Conducted by Greg Mathieson
  • Vocals arranged by Bruce Roberts, Paul Jabara and Luther Waters
  • Engineered by Juergen Koppers and John Arrias
  • Recorded at Village Recorders and Rusk Sound Studios, Los Angeles

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly Singles Charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 16
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 31
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 1
ERROR: MUST PROVIDE DATE FOR UK CHART[11] 3
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Cashbox Top 100[12] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Position
Canada (RPM Top 200 Singles)[13] 101
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 35
US Cash Box[15] 25
Chart (1980) Position
US Billboard Hot 100 37

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

  • "Enough is Enough" was part of the medley of songs about men that Liza Minnelli and her back-up girls (The Demon Divas) sang in 1993's "Liza Minnelli: Live from Radio City Music Hall."
  • Donna Summer performed a new version of the song with Tina Arena for a live concert which aired on VH-1 called Live & More Encore. The song was included on the album. Summer also performed another live version with Westlife on the British ITV's "Discomania" in 2004.
  • Kristin Chenoweth and Chelsea Packard perform the song on Chenoweth's 2014 album Coming Home recorded live at the Performing Arts Center of her home town Broken Arrow, OK.

Parodies[edit]

Comedian Eddie Murphy recorded a parody version of the song as it might be performed by exercise guru Richard Simmons and Our Gang actor Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas. The song appears on Murphy's 1982 self-titled comedy album.

Sampling[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 248. 
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand – (No More Tears) Enough Is Enough" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand – (No More Tears) Enough Is Enough" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Barbra Streisand/%28No+More+Tears%29+Enough+Is+Enough/single Chartverfulgong > Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand > (No More Tears) Enough Is Enough – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand – (No More Tears) Enough Is Enough" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand – (No More Tears) Enough Is Enough". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand – (No More Tears) Enough Is Enough". VG-lista. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand – (No More Tears) Enough Is Enough". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand – (No More Tears) Enough Is Enough". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Donna Summer's Top 20 Billboard Chart Hits". 17 May 2012. Billboard. 
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: {{{date}}}" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 12/15/79". The Legendary Cash Box Magazine Charts. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 32, No. 13, December 22 1979". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Chart Archive – 1970s Singles". everyHit.com. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ http://50.6.195.142/archives/70s_files/1979YESP.html
Preceded by
"Still" by Commodores
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 24, 1979 – December 1, 1979
Succeeded by
"Babe" by Styx
Preceded by
"Beat of the Night" / "Pump It Up" by Fever
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
November 24, 1979 – December 15, 1979
Succeeded by
"Deputy of Love" by Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band