One Day in Your Life (Michael Jackson song)

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"One Day in Your Life"
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Forever, Michael and One Day in Your Life
B-side "Take Me Back"
Released 1981
Format 7", 12"
Recorded December 1974
Genre Pop, soul, R&B
Length 4:15
Label Motown Records
Writer(s) Sam Brown III
Renée Armand
Producer(s) Sam Brown
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Girlfriend"
(1980)
"One Day in Your Life"
(1981)
"The Girl is Mine"
(1982)
Music sample

"One Day in Your Life" is a song recorded by Michael Jackson for his 1975 album, Forever, Michael. Written by Sam Brown and composed by Renée Armand, it was later released in 1981 as a single off the compilation album One Day in Your Life due to the commercial interest that generated from the sales of Jackson's hit 1979 album Off the Wall, even though Jackson released that album on a different label. Jackson and Whitney Houston rehearsed and were meant to perform the song during the 2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special concerts, but for unknown reasons the song was not performed.

While a modest US hit, it was a bigger hit in the UK, where it became Jackson's first solo recording to hit No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. It was number one in the UK for two weeks in June and July 1981.[1] It also topped the Irish Singles Chart, and also featured strongly on the South African singles charts. It was released on the Motown label. It went on to become the sixth best-selling single of 1981 in the UK. Robert Christgau called this song a romantic ballad that is as credible on its "own terms as the rockers."[2] An Allmusic editor highlighted the song on '81 re-release.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by the Cuban/American singer Gloria Estefan during her concert in Liverpool during the 90 Millas World Tour in a section of the show in that she dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson.[4]

Years before, she recorded a cover of the song in Spanish, titled "No Me Olvidaras". It can be found on the 1980 album Miami Sound Machine.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 9
Dutch Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart[1] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 55
Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[6] 94

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 395. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Consumer Guide: March 17, 1975". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  3. ^ Ron Wynn. "One Day in Your Life - Michael Jackson | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Gloria Estefan Liverpool Concert" (Youtube video). Excerpts of Jackson tribute at 0:51. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Miami Sound Machine - Miami Sound Machine (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Being with You" by Smokey Robinson
UK Singles Chart number-one single
27 June 1981 - 4 July 1981
Succeeded by
"Ghost Town" by The Specials