Pillow Talk (song)

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This article is about the Sylvia song. For the Doris Day song, see Pillow Talk (film).
"Pillow Talk"
Single by Sylvia
from the album Pillow Talk
B-side "My Thing"
Released 1973
Format 7" single
Genre Soul
Length 4:20 (album version)
3:41 (single edit)
Label Vibration
Writer(s) Sylvia Robinson, Michael Burton
Producer(s) Sylvia Robinson, Michael Burton
Sylvia singles chronology
"A Million Tears"
(1954)
"Pillow Talk"
(1973)
"Have You Had Any Lately"
(1973)

"Pillow Talk" in 1973 song by American soul singer-songwriter Sylvia.

History[edit]

Sylvia had originally hoped the song would be recorded by Al Green, who turned it down as he thought it was too risqué and against his religious beliefs. She eventually recorded "Pillow Talk" and released it in 1973. The drums on the recorded version seem to have been influenced by the productions of Willie Mitchell for Green.

"Pillow Talk" spent two weeks at number one on the Best Selling Soul Singles chart and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and is an early example of prototypical disco music. The vocals are replete with moaning and heavy breathing, predating Donna Summer's orgasmic moans on 1975's "Love to Love You Baby". In 1983, an Italo disco version of the song was released by Lustt. In 2006, R&B singer Miki Howard recorded a cover version for her album, Pillow Talk. Joss Stone covered the song on her 2012 album The Soul Sessions Vol. 2.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
A. "Pillow Talk" – 3:41
B. "My Thing" – 2:45

Charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[2] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 3
US Best Selling Soul Singles[4] 1
US Adult Contemporary[3] 27

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 564. 
  2. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Pillow Talk by Sylvia Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Pillow Talk – Sylvia Robinson". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pillow Talk: The Sensuous Sounds of Sylvia – Sylvia Robinson : Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 22, 2012.