Valerie (Steve Winwood song)

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"Valerie"
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Talking Back to the Night
B-side "Slowdown Sundown"
Released October 1982
Format 7", 12" maxi single
Recorded November, 1981
Genre Synthpop, soft rock
Length 4:05
Label Island
Writer(s) Steve Winwood, Will Jennings
Producer(s) Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Still in the Game"
(1982)
"Valerie"
(1982)
"Talking Back to the Night"
(1982)
"Valerie '87"
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Chronicles
B-side "Talking Back to the Night-(instrumental)"
Talking Back to the Night (instrumental)" / "The Finer Things (12"/CD single)
Released September 5, 1987
Format 7", 12" maxi, cassette, CD single
Recorded 1987 (remix and overdubs)
Genre Pop, pop rock
Length 4:05
Label Island
Writer(s) Steve Winwood, Will Jennings
Producer(s) Steve Winwood, Tom Lord-Alge
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"The Finer Things"
(1986)
"Valerie"
(1987)
"Roll with It"
(1988)

"Valerie" is a song written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings and originally recorded by Winwood for his third solo album Talking Back to the Night, in 1982.

Background[edit]

The song deals with a man reminiscing about a lost love he hopes to find again someday. Will Jennings reportedly wrote the lyrics while thinking about Valerie Carter, singer songwriter, whose career was declining because of drugs. On its original release, the single reached number 51 on the UK Singles Chart and number 70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

In 1987, a remix by Tom Lord-Alge was included as a single from Winwood's compilation album Chronicles. The remixed version of "Valerie" climbed to number 9 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in late December 1987, and also reached number 19 in the UK. Both versions also reached #13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

DJ Falcon recalled in an interview that he and Thomas Bangalter, as a duo called Together, had sampled "Valerie" to create a simple loop that they used in DJ sets. Falcon added that the duo had no intention of releasing it as a single, despite demand from various outlets.[1]

Eric Prydz later sampled "Valerie" in 2004 for a house music track and presented it to Winwood. He was so impressed with what Prydz had done, Winwood re-recorded the vocals to better fit the track,[2] released as "Call on Me" that same year.[3] This track was, in turn, sampled in 2009's "Pass Out" from Chris Brown (featuring Eva Simons) on his Graffiti album, also co-produced by Prydz.

In 2012, "Valerie" was covered by American indie rock band Ra Ra Riot with help from Delicate Steve.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1982 single:

  • 1. "Valerie"
  • 2. "Slowdown Sundown"

1987 7" inch single:

  • 1. "Valerie"
  • 2. "Talking Back To The Night" (Instrumental)

1987 12"/CD single:

  • 1. "Valerie"
  • 2. "Talking Back To The Night" (Instrumental)
  • 3. "The Finer Things" (12" Version)

Chart performance[edit]

1982 release[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 34
UK Singles Chart 51
US Billboard Hot 100 70
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 13

1987 release[edit]

Chart (1987-1988) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 17
Irish Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 19
US Billboard Hot 100 9
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 13
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DJ Falcon about Eric Prydz - CALL ON ME". YouTube. 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  2. ^ http://www.berubecommunications.com/html/ericprydz.html
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ [Ra Ra Riot Cover Steve Winwood With Delicate Steve] (released April 18, 2012)

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