Every Little Step

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"Every Little Step"
EveryLittleStep.jpg
Single by Bobby Brown
from the album Don't Be Cruel
Released March 9, 1989
Format
Recorded 1987; January 1989 (remix)
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 3:57
Label MCA
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Babyface
  • L.A. Reid
Bobby Brown singles chronology
"Roni"
(1988)
"Every Little Step"
(1989)
"Rock Wit'cha"
(1989)
Music video
"Every Little Step" on YouTube

"Every Little Step" is a 1989 single by American singer Bobby Brown, written by L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and released by MCA Records. Released as the fourth single on his second album Don't Be Cruel it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Hot Black Singles chart, and number six on the UK Singles Chart in 1989. The song also appears on Brown's remix album Dance!...Ya Know It!. The single garnered Brown's first career Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 32nd Grammy Awards in 1990.

Composition[edit]

Around the time Don't Be Cruel was in production, Reid was dating singer Pebbles, who later became his wife. Inspired by his relationship with his girlfriend at the time, he wrote and co-produced the song with Edmonds, intending to give it to the group Midnight Star. Bobby Brown, however, heard a demo of the song and liked it instantly, which led to its inclusion on Don't Be Cruel.[2]

Track listing[edit]

A-side[edit]

  1. "Every Little Step" (Extended Version) – 7:55
  2. "Every Little Step" (Instrumental) – 4:02

B-side[edit]

  1. "Every Little Step" (Radio Edit) – 4:51
  2. "Every Little Step" (Uptown Mix) – 7:33

Music video[edit]

The song's video directed by Alek Keshishian is known for its all-white background with dancers in front. This video style has been replicated since then, most notably in commercials for Gap.[3][better source needed]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia ARIA Charts 8
UK Singles Chart 6
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 17
US Hot Black Singles 1

Personnel[edit]

  • Bobby Brown: lead vocals, rap
  • Babyface: remixing, keyboards, background vocals
  • L.A. Reid: remixing, drum programming, percussion
  • Donald K. Parks: Fairlight programming
  • Kayo: Pro-One synth bass
  • Daryl Simmons, Karyn White: background vocals

Covers and samples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pini, Gary (September 30, 2011). "Bobby Brown's "Every Little Step" Is Our Music Video of the Day". Paper. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Every Little Step by Bobby Brown". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Every Little Step by Bobby Brown". SongFacts. Retrieved 4 Aug 2011. 
  4. ^ "Idiot Boyfriend by Jimmy Fallon". Youtube. Retrieved 24 Dec 2009. 
  5. ^ "A remake of the Bobby Brown classic "Every Little Step" with Mike Tyson and Wayne Brady must be seen to be believed.". Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  6. ^ "iral: Wayne Brady and His Unforgettable Bobby Brown Swag". Time. October 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Girl I Got My Eyes On You" by Today
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
April 15, 1989
Succeeded by
"Love Saw It" by Karyn White featuring Babyface