I Specialize in Love

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"I Specialize in Love"
12" Single "I Specialize In Love" Sharon Brown.jpg
Single by Sharon Brown
Released 1982
Format 12" single, 12" maxi-single
Length 4:03 (album version)
Label Profile
Songwriter(s) Lotti Golden, Richard Scher

"I Specialize in Love" is a song written by Lotti Golden and Richard Scher. Released on Profile Records, it was a hit in U.S. nightclubs in the early 1980s when performed by American singer Sharon Brown, the niece of songwriter Phil Medley. Brown's version of the song spent three weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1982,[1] her only song to reach this survey. "I Specialize in Love" also charted on the UK Single Chart in 1982, becoming an international dance hit. Remixed, the song was released in 1994, entering the UK Charts for a second time.[2]

The song was mixed by Tee Scott.

Exposé version[edit]

"I Specialize in Love"
Single by Exposé
from the album Exposé
Released November 17, 1995
Format 12"-single, CD Maxi-single
Length 3:53 (album version)
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Lotti Golden, Richard Scher
Producer(s) DNA
Exposé singles chronology
"In Walked Love"
(1993)
"I Specialize in Love"
(1995)
"I'll Say Good-bye for the Two of Us"
(1995)
"In Walked Love"
(1993)
"I Specialize in Love"
(1995)
"I'll Say Good-bye for the Two of Us"
(1995)

Ten years later, the American girl group Exposé included a cover version of the song on its 1992 self-titled studio album. This version featured lead vocals by Ann Curless , Jeanette Jurado and Kelly Moneymaker. It was produced by DNA (musicians Nick Batt and Neal Slateford), which had scored a hit in 1990 for themselves and Suzanne Vega when the group remixed Vega's song "Tom's Diner." Although this version of "I Specialize in Love" was not formally released as a single from the album Exposé, it was issued as a promotional 12" single to dance clubs in 1995 when various remixes of the song by Darrin Friedman were included on the CD Maxi-single release of "I'll Say Good-bye for the Two of Us." This latter song was taken from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Free Willy 2, and although both songs failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "I Specialize in Love" became a top-ten single on the Billboard Club Play chart again, peaking at #6.[3] It also reached the top twenty on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales chart in December of that year.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Sharon Brown version[edit]

12" promo
  • US: Profile, UK: Virgin / 1982
  1. A - "I Specialize In Love" (7:16)
  2. B - "I Specialize In Love" (instrumental) (6:00)

Exposé version[edit]

12" promo
  • US: Arista / 1995
  1. A1 - "I Specialize in Love" Spike Club Mix I (7:16)
  2. A2 - "I Specialize in Love" Spike Dub (6:45)
  3. B1 - "I Specialize in Love" Spike Club Mix II (8:02)
  4. B2 - "I Specialize in Love" Spike Classic Mix (6:13)

Charts[edit]

Sharon Brown version
Chart (1982) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 2
Exposé version
Chart (1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 46.
  2. ^ "Singers Whose Surname Is Brown That Have Had Hits In The UK Chart". Music-musicians.knoji.com. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.), p. 94.
  4. ^ Exposé 12" Sales Chart info Billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2009.

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