I Don't Have the Heart

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"I Don't Have the Heart"
Single by James Ingram
from the album It's Real
ReleasedAugust 25, 1990
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Alan Rich, Jud Friedman
Producer(s)Thom Bell, James Ingram
James Ingram singles chronology
"The Secret Garden"
"I Don't Have the Heart"
"When Was the Last Time Music Made You Cry"
"I Don't Have the Heart"
Stacy Lattisaw - I Dont Have the Heart single cover.jpg
Single by Stacy Lattisaw
from the album What You Need
Released1990 (1990)
Format12", cassette
Recorded1989 (1989)[1]
  • Alan Rich
  • Jud Friedman
Producer(s)LeMel Humes[2]
Stacy Lattisaw singles chronology
"Dance for You"
"I Don't Have the Heart"

"I Don't Have the Heart" is the title of a No. 1 hit song that was written by Allan Rich and Jud Friedman [ru] and recorded by American R&B recording artist James Ingram. It is Ingram's only number-one single as a solo artist on the US Billboard Hot 100, and his second number-one single overall, since the Patti Austin-featured "Baby, Come to Me", which topped the Hot 100 in 1983. Ingram received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991 for the song.

Released as the fourth single from Ingram's 1989 album It's Real, "I Don't Have the Heart" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20, 1990. The ballad remained at No. 1 for one week, and is his final Top 40 hit to date. Singer Stacy Lattisaw recorded the song as well, and her version was released on Motown Records at the same time as Ingram's, although it was not as commercially successful.[3]


  • Keyboards, Synth Programming: Jud Friedman
  • Bass Guitar, String Conductor: Thom Bell
  • Electric Guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
  • Drums: Ricky Lawson
  • Background Vocals: The Aquarian Singers


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[4] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[5] 53

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 36


  1. ^ Hogan, Ed. "What You Need - Stacy Lattisaw | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Stacy Lattisaw - I Don't Have The Heart (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  3. ^ The Billboard Book of No. 1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 122.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 274.
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2009-09-15.