Swept Away (Diana Ross song)
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|Single by Diana Ross|
|from the album Swept Away|
|Genre||Pop / Dance / Rock, Freestyle|
5:254:01 (single edit)
|Writer(s)||Daryl Hall, Sara Allen|
|Producer(s)||Daryl Hall, Arthur Baker|
|Diana Ross singles chronology|
"Swept Away" is a rock-flavored dance song written by Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates) with Sara Allen, produced by Hall with Arthur Baker, and recorded by singer Diana Ross for her album of the same name. Ross released the song as a single on the RCA label in 1984.
The song talked about how the narrator thought she was in love with a special person only to find out that she had just been "swept away" after catching her lover cheating on her sending her into a rage and panic.
In the music video, directed by Dominic Orlando in Manhattan and on location in Long Island, Ross is seduced by a Frenchman and falls in love with him only to find out, after arriving unannounced in a bar, that he's cheating on her with another French girl in a stylized Apache Dance. She then confronts the man hitting him repeatedly, and later fights with the French girl who ends up being knocked out unconscious by the singer. Later in the video, the Frenchman tries to fight his way back into her life only to have Ross accidentally push him from a lighthouse tower into the water. It was one of Ross' most popular videos, and her first to air on MTV.
The music video was blown up to 35mm for projection during Diana Ross' live performances at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. There's also an extended version of the video edited for the 12" dance club remix.
Baker had been a club DJ turned remixer who was just breaking into production, and the twelve-inch version became one of Ross' most successful, reaching number one on the Dance/Disco chart. The single also reached nineteen on the US pop singles chart and number three on the R&B singles chart.
|US Billboard Hot 100||19|
|US Cash Box Top 100||22|
|Dutch Top 40||36|
|US Billboard Hot Black Singles||3|
|US Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs||1|
- Lead vocals by Diana Ross
- Background vocals by Daryl Hall and Diana Ross
- Guitar solo by Daryl Hall
- Produced by Daryl Hall and Arthur Baker