You Light Up My Life (Johnny Mathis album)

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You Light Up My Life
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1978
Recorded 1978 at
A&M Recording Studios,
Hollywood, California[1]
Genre Vocal[2]
Length 34:04
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Gold[1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
(1977)
You Light Up My Life
(1978)
That's What Friends Are For
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

You Light Up My Life is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in March 1978 by Columbia Records.[3] It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated April 1, 1978, and remained there for 24 weeks, peaking at number 9[4] while in the meantime receiving Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on May 2 and Platinum certification two months later, on July 6.[5] It also made it to number 3 during a 19-week run on the UK album chart,[6] and on June 30 of that year the British Phonographic Industry awarded the album with Silver certification for sales of 60,000 units in the UK.[7]

The single from the album, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", had its chart debut on Billboard magazine's list of the 100 most popular R&B singles in the US in the issue dated March 4, 1978, where it lasted for 20 weeks, four of which were spent at number one.[8] The following issue, dated March 11, marked its first appearance on the magazine's list of the 50 most popular Easy Listening records in the US, where it enjoyed one week out of the 19 it spent there in the top spot.[9] On March 25 it became a new entry on the UK singles chart, where it got as high as number three over the course of 14 weeks.[10] Billboard's April 1 issue saw the debut of the song on the Hot 100, where it stayed for 18 weeks, one of which was at number one.[11] Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America was awarded the following month, on May 2, for what was then the required sales of one million units in the US,[12] and Silver certification by the British Phonographic Industry was issued for sales of 60,000 units in the UK.[13]

The album was released on compact disc in 1988.[2] A 3-CD box set that included this album along with the follow-up that Mathis recorded with Deniece Williams entitled That's What Friends Are For and the 1991 compilation Better Together: The Duet Album was released on August 12, 1997.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "You Light Up My Life" (Joe Brooks) – 3:55
  2. "Emotion" performed with Deniece Williams (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 3:16
  3. "All I Ever Need" (Jacque Sawyer) – 3:12
  4. "Where or When" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 2:35
  5. "If You Believe" (a.k.a. "Believe in Yourself" (reprise)) (Charlie Smalls) – 3:31

Side 2

  1. "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" performed with Deniece Williams (Nat Kipner, John Vallins) – 2:59
  2. "How Deep Is Your Love" (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 3:42
  3. "Till Love Touches Your Life" (Arthur Hamilton, Riz Ortolani) – 4:00
  4. "I Wrote a Symphony on My Guitar" (Arthur Hamilton, LeRoy Holmes) – 3:05
  5. "It Was Almost Like a Song" (Hal David, Archie Jordan) – 3:49

Song information[edit]

"You Light Up My Life" won both the Grammy Award for Song of the Year[15] and the Academy Award for Best Original Song[16] after Debby Boone's recording achieved Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America;[17] the song peaked at number one for 10 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100[17] and one week on the magazine's Easy Listening chart[18] and also made it to number four on the magazine's list of the most popular Country songs in the US[19] and number 48 in the UK.[20] "Emotion" by Samantha Sang also went Platinum[21] and got as high as number three pop,[21] number five Easy Listening,[22] number 11 UK,[23] and number 42 R&B.[24]

The first version of "Where or When" to reach the Billboard charts was recorded by Hal Kemp & his Orchestra with Skinnay Ennis on vocal and spent a week at number one in 1937.[25] The track on this album that is listed as "If You Believe" was written as the reprise of "Believe in Yourself" for the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz.[1][26] "How Deep Is Your Love" by the Bee Gees earned the group the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus[27] and Gold certification[28] after peaking at number one for six weeks Easy Listening[29] and three weeks pop[28] as well as number three in the UK.[30] "Till Love Touches Your Life" comes from the 1970 film Madron,[31] and "It Was Almost Like a Song" by Ronnie Milsap got to number one on the Country chart for three weeks,[32] number seven Easy Listening,[33] and number 16 on the Hot 100.[34]

Personnel[1][edit]

  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • Deniece Williams – vocals ("Emotion", "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late")
  • Jack Gold – producer
  • Gene Page – arranger, conductor (except as noted)
  • Glen Spreen – arranger, conductor ("How Deep Is Your Love", "If You Believe", "It Was Almost like a Song")
  • Dick Bogert – recording engineer
  • Ray Gerhardt – recording engineer
  • Tom Perry – mix engineer
  • Beverly Parker – photography, design
  • Nancy Donald – design
  • Mixed at Hollywood Sound

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (1978) You Light Up My Life by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 35259.
  2. ^ a b c "You Light Up My Life - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  4. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 503.
  5. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Johnny Mathis
  6. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "BPI search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 383.
  9. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 179.
  10. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Singles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 628.
  12. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
  13. ^ "BPI search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "That's What Friends Are For/You Light Up My Life/Better Together: Duet". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  15. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 266.
  16. ^ Wiley 1996, p. 1125.
  17. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, p. 112.
  18. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 30.
  19. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 36.
  20. ^ "You Light Up My Life". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, p. 856.
  22. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 241.
  23. ^ "Emotion". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  24. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 511.
  25. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 253.
  26. ^ "If You Believe lyrics". All Musicals. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  27. ^ O'Neil 1999, p. 267.
  28. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, p. 80.
  29. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 22.
  30. ^ "How Deep Is Your Love". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "His Name Was Madron (1970)". imdb.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  32. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 231.
  33. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 192.
  34. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 663.

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