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.

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

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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