This Is for the Lover in You

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"This Is for the Lover in You"
Single by Shalamar
from the album Three for Love
B-side "Some Things Never Change"
Released May 25, 1981
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded 1980
Length 5:07
Writer(s) Howard Hewett, Dana Myers
Producer(s) Leon Sylvers III
Shalamar singles chronology
"Make That Move"
"This Is for the Lover in You"
"Sweeter as the Days Go By"

"This Is for the Lover in You" is a song written by Howard Hewett, member of the trio Shalamar, and songwriter Dana Myers. The track was originally recorded by Shalamar and appeared on their 1980 album, Three for Love.

Shalamar version[edit]

The song was the third single released from their album, Three for Love. The single peaked at #17 on the U.S. R&B chart in 1981.


Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 17

Babyface version[edit]

"This Is for the Lover in You"
Single by Babyface featuring LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniel
from the album The Day
Released October 5, 1996
Format Vinyl record (12" 33 RPM)
Recorded 1996
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 5:26
Label Epic
Producer(s) Babyface, Samuel J. Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier, James Todd Smith, Bryce Wilson
Babyface singles chronology
"Slow Jams"
"This Is for the Lover in You"
"Every Time I Close My Eyes"

It was later remade by Babyface from the album The Day featuring LL Cool J and the former members of Shalamar: Howard Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniel.[1] The Babyface version was a successful hit, reaching #6 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart, #2 on the U.S. R&B chart, and #12 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was considered to be atypical for Babyface when it was released.[2][3]


Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 50
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 19
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 12
UK Singles Chart[7] 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 2

Other versions[edit]

In 1994, saxophonist Gerald Albright released a rendition from the album Smooth.[8]


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