When You Tell Me That You Love Me

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"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
Single by Diana Ross
from the album The Force Behind the Power
B-side "Chain Reaction" / "You And I"
Released 1991 (USA)
Format CD, Vinyl (7" & 12")
Recorded 1991
Genre Soul, adult contemporary
Length 4:14
Label Motown
Writer(s) Albert Hammond and John Bettis
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Diana Ross singles chronology
"No Matter What You Do"
(1991)
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
(1991)
"The Force Behind The Power"
(1991)

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me" is a 1991 song released as a single by American soul singer Diana Ross. The song was subsequently covered by various artists.

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me" was the lead single from Diana Ross's 1991 album The Force Behind the Power released on the Motown label in the US and by EMI in the UK. The song, a sentimental ballad, was the album's biggest hit, peaking at number thirty-seven on the US Billboard R&B singles chart while peaking at number-two on the UK Singles Chart. Ross considers it one of her signature songs.[1] The UK release included her 1985 hit "Chain Reaction."[2]

It missed the UK Christmas number one spot for 1991 by a couple of hundred units, beaten out by the re-release of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" commemorating the passing of lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The single was awarded a Silver Disc for UK sales exceeding 200,000 copies.

Music video[edit]

The single's music video featured scenes of Ross in an evening gown singing on stage intercut with home video footage of Ross with her two sons Ross & Evan.[3]

Track listings[edit]

UK Vinyl, 12" (12 EM 217)[4]

  1. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:14)
  2. Chain Reaction (12" Version) (3:50)
  3. You And I (4:06)

UK CD Maxi (CDEM 217, 20 5600 2 )[5]

  1. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:14)
  2. Chain Reaction (12" Version) (3:50)
  3. You And I (4:06)

US Vinyl, 12" (L33-1643 )[6]

  1. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:10)
  2. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:10)

US Cassette Single" (MOTCS-2139 )[6]

  1. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:10)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991-1992) Peak
position
Belgian Ultratop Chart[7] 23
Dutch Charts[8] 4
Irish Singles Chart[9] 4
UK Singles Chart 2
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[10] 37
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[11] 26

Julio Iglesias versions[edit]

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
Single by Julio Iglesias and Dolly Parton
from the album Crazy
Released 1995
Format 5" CD Single
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop, soul
Length 3:59
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Albert Hammond and John Bettis

The song was recorded in a duet form by Dolly Parton and Julio Iglesias for the latter's 1994 album Crazy. A single was released in 1995 which managed to chart in the Netherlands for three weeks: entering at position 48, peaking at 45, and in its final week charting at number 49.[12] Parton included this song on her 4-disc compilation box set, The Tour Collection.[13]

Music video[edit]

A music video was directed by John Hopgood, and was filmed for the single at Oheka Castle on Long Island's north shore.[14] The sepia-toned clip features Iglesias and Parton singing in separate rooms and a love scene involving a younger couple. At the end of the video Parton and Iglesias are shown leaving the castle. Parton having changed from a white nightgown into a black cocktail dress.[15]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Mega Top 50[12] 45

With CoCo Lee[edit]

In 1998 Iglesias re-recorded the duet with Chinese singer Coco Lee (李玟) and released it as a single to promote his compilation My Life: The Greatest Hits. Despite this, CoCo Lee's version was not included on the actual album, but rather Parton's.[16] A music video was released featuring Iglesias and Lee singing together in a recording studio intercut with scenes of Lee walking around in a trench coat. At the end of the video Iglesias and Lee sit down to a candlelit dinner.[17]

Westlife version[edit]

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
Single by Westlife and Diana Ross
from the album Face To Face
Released 12 December 2005 (UK)
Format CD Single
Recorded A Side Studios, Stockholm,
Kingside Studio, Stockholm, Sanctuary Townhouse Studio, London
Larrabee North Studios, Los Angeles, 2005
Genre Pop, soul
Length 3:58
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Hammond and Bettis
Certification Silver
Westlife singles chronology
"You Raise Me Up"
(2005)
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
(2005)
"Amazing"
(2006)
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me CD2"

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me" is the second single released from Westlife's fifth studio album, Face To Face album. It features vocals from original artist Diana Ross. The single peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, just losing out on the top spot by a mere 171 copies. The song was the 39th best selling single of 2005 in the UK. The single reached 120 000 copies sold in UK so far.[18]

It missed becoming the Christmas Single for 2005 by just 170 units, as had happened to the original. However, it did hit #1 in Ireland.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Single Mix) - 4:10
  2. "White Christmas" - 2:24
  3. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Westlife Only Version) - 3:09
UK CD2
  1. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Single Mix) - 4:10
  2. "If I Let You Go" (Acoustic Version) - 3:39

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Mega Top 50[19] 45
Irish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 2

Sissel Kyrkjebø version[edit]

The Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø recorded "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" as a duet with Spanish tenor Jose Carreras on her 2007 album, Northern Lights. Sissel sings in English and Carreras sings in Spanish. On the album the song is called "Quando Sento Che Mi Ami"

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Diana Ross - When You Tell Me That You Love Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  3. ^ DianaRossTV - When You Tell Me That You Love Me
  4. ^ Diana Ross - When You Tell Me That You Love Me
  5. ^ Diana Ross - When You Tell Me That You Love Me
  6. ^ a b Diana Ross - When You Tell Me That You Love Me
  7. ^ "Belgian Ultratop Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "2002 Irish Singles Chart". IRMA. 
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Julio Iglesias & Dolly Parton - When You Tell Me That You Love Me". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  13. ^ "The Tour Collection: Dolly Parton: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  14. ^ [4][dead link]
  15. ^ [5][dead link]
  16. ^ "Julio Iglesias - My Life: Greatest Hits: Julio Iglesias: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  17. ^ "Coco Lee & Julio Iglesias - When You Tell Me That You Love M". YouTube. 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  18. ^ "Westlife | Official Top 20 | MTV UK". Mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  19. ^ Steffen Hung. "Westlife with Diana Ross - When You Tell Me That You Love Me". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2005-12-24" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-12-30.

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