I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)

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"I Could Never Miss You
(More Than I Do)"
Single by Lulu
from the album
1)Don't Take Love for Granted
2)Lulu
B-side "Dance to the Feeling In Your Heart"
Released July 1981
Format 45 rpm single
Recorded 1978 at Air Studios (Oxford Street)
Genre Easy listening
Length 3:10
Label Alfa Records
Songwriter(s) Neil Harrison
Producer(s) Mark London
Lem Lubin
Lulu singles chronology
"I Love to Boogie"
(1979)
"I Could Never Miss You
(More Than I Do)
"
(1981)
"If I Were You"
(1981)
"I Love to Boogie"
(1979)
"I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)"
(1981)
"If I Were You"
(1981)

"I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)" was the fourth and final US Top 40 hit for Lulu.

History[edit]

"I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)" was introduced on Lulu's 1978 album Don't Take Love For Granted, a Rocket Records release co-produced by Mark London the co-writer of Lulu's signature song "To Sir, With Love" and also the husband of Lulu's longtime manager Marion Massey. The album's other co-producer was Lem Lubin onetime bassist with Unit 4 + 2 and Christie and from 1977 a&r head for Rocket Records.

Session Personnel for I Could Never
Miss You (More Than I Do)
by Lulu
Drums • Trevor Spencer 1 Bass • Alan Tarney
Keyboards • Lynton Naiff 1 Guitars • Ray Russell
Percussion • Ray Cooper
Chorale • Joanne Stone, Stevie Lange, Vicki Brown
String arrangement • Lynton Naiff
Orchestra Leader • Gavyn Wright [1]

According to Lulu, Mark London had discovered Neil Harrison and asked Lulu to record demos of Harrison's compositions to pitch to another singer: (quote Lulu:) "as soon as we did the demos it was very obvious that they weren't going to be demos. They were obviously going to be for me."[2] A total of four Harrison compositions would appear on the Don't Take Love For Granted including the title cut and "Love is the Sweetest Mistake" which were respectively the A-side and B-side of the overlooked lead single.

In 1981 Alfa Records acquired Lulu's Rocket Records recordings and released "I Could Never Miss You" as a single backed with "Dance to the Feeling in Your Heart" - the latter track had been a non-album B-side being the flip of "I Love to Boogie" the second single off the UK edition of the Don't Take Love For Granted album. [3] "I Could Never Miss You" was issued in July 1981 in the US where Lulu's US profile had received a recent boost via her participation in two ATV series devoted to rock and roll music: Oh Boy aired in the autumn of 1980 while Let's Rock ran over the summer of 1981.[4] Also the early 1980s saw a considerable boost in the popularity of easy listening music as exemplified by the success of the comparable Sheena Easton.

"I Could Never Miss You" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1981, rising to a #18 peak in October. This marked Lulu's first appearance in the US Top 20 since "To Sir, with Love" in 1967. [5] "I Could Never Miss You" - whose Cash Box peak was #14 [6] - also reached #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.[5]

The US success of "I Could Never Miss You" only translated into a glimmer of interest in Lulu's native UK, where the single - issued October 1981 - peaked at #62 in the final week of 1981 – it would mark Lulu's sole UK charting between "Take Your Mama For a Ride" in 1975 and "Shout" in 1986. [7] "I Could Never Miss You" also charted low in Australia at #71, although this was somewhat offset by a 16-week run. Canada's RPM magazine ranked "I Could Never Miss You" with a #10 peak. [1] The track had its strongest chart impact in New Zealand with an April 1982 peak of #3, which remains the highest post-1960s' peak on a national Pop chart for a solo recording by Lulu (tying with the 1974 UK chart peak of "The Man Who Sold the World").

The 1981 success of "I Could Never Miss You" resulted in Alfa issuing a self-titled album by Lulu featuring "I Could Never Miss You" plus two other tracks from the Don't Take Love For Granted album: the title cut plus "You Are Still a Part of Me", with seven newly recorded tracks completing the album.

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://labibledelawestcoast.blogspot.ca/2016/12/lulu-dont-take-love-for-granted-1979.html?m=1
  2. ^ The Palm Beach Post 27 November 1981 p. 28
  3. ^ "The Lulu Web Site-Singles". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "The Lulu Web Site-Bio". Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "AMG-Lulu". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cash Box 10/10/81". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Chartstats". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "Soul & FunkMusic-Melba Moore". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Soul & Funk Music-Bobbi Walker". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Songs of Shirley Bassey". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "Love Isn't Just For The Young". Retrieved 7 July 2011.