Then Came You (song)

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"Then Came You"
Single by Dionne Warwick & Spinners
from the album Then Came You (Dionne Warwick) & New and Improved (Spinners)
B-side "Just As Long As We Have Love"
Released July 13, 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded April 2, 1974
Genre Soul, pop
Length 4:15
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Sherman Marshall
Philip Pugh
Producer(s) Thom Bell
Certification RIAA Gold Million Seller
Dionne Warwick chronology
"I'm Just Being Myself"
(1973)
"Then Came You"
(1974)
"Take It From Me"
(1975)
The Spinners singles chronology
"I'm Coming Home"
(1974)
"Then Came You"
(1974)
"Love Don't Love Nobody (Part 1)"

"Then Came You" is a 1974 Grammy-nominated hit for American soul singer Dionne Warwick and American R&B group The Spinners, and credited to Dionne Warwicke and Spinners (from 1971–1975, Warwick added a final 'e' to her last name). The track was written by Sherman Marshall and Phillip T. Pugh, and produced by Thom Bell.

Released during a time that Warwick's chart fortunes were at an ebb after moving to Warner Bros. Records in 1972, the Philadelphia soul single was a rare mid-1970s success for the singer. Sung as a duet with Spinners main lead singer Bobby Smith and the Spinners, who were one of the most popular groups of the decade, the song became Warwick's first ever single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and also became her highest-charting R&B record reaching number two on that chart. It was also the first number-one pop hit for the Spinners. Spinners member Phillippe Wynne took over lead duties at the very end of the song, as he did on another one of the group's big hits, "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love".

While Warwick was signed to Warner Bros. at the time, this release actually came out on Atlantic Records, which was the Spinners' label, but also a sister label to Warner Bros.

Warwick eventually left Warner Bros. for Arista Records in 1978 where she regrouped and found consistent success again as an artist.

Trivia[edit]

"Then Came You" is tied with the record that preceded it at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, "Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston, for the biggest fall from number one in the history of the Hot 100. Both "Nothing From Nothing" and "Then Came You" spent only one week at number one and then dropped all the way to number 15 the week afterward.

Producer Jerry Ragovoy felt that Warwick's album was missing something. He decided to partner Dionne with producer Thom Bell in hopes of bringing forth a spark to the project. Originally, the album was titled "Meant to Be" after the song of the same name, which "Then Came You" would eventually replace. "Meant to Be" would remain in the can until its release on the compilation We Need To Go Back: The Unissued Warner Bros. Masters by Reel Gone Music on July 30, 2013. Upon the songs release, several have noted its hit potential that it would have had had it initially been released back in 1974.

After recording "Then Came You" Bell quoted 'that Dionne made a face after the session and didn't care for the songs very much. So, Thom ripped a dollar in two and signed each half and exchanged them. Bell told her that if the song doesn't go to number one, I'll send you my half. 'Then Came You' b/w 'Just As Long As We Have Love' shot straight to number one spot on Billboard's Top 100 list and No. 2 R&B (Kool & the Gang's 'Higher Plane' prevented it from the number one spot) making this Dionne's first No. 1 and the Spinners first and only No. 1 pop hit in October 1974. Dionne sent back the half torn dollar bill to Thom Bell with an apology.

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Chart history[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 2
UK Singles Chart 29

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Preceded by
"Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
October 26, 1974
Succeeded by
"You Haven't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder