I Was Made to Love Her (song)

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"I Was Made to Love Her"
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Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album I Was Made to Love Her
B-side "Travlin Man' 'Hold Me"
Released June 1967
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)
Detroit, Michigan; 1967
Genre Soul
Length 2:37
Label Motown
Songwriter(s) Stevie Wonder, Lula Mae Hardaway, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy
Producer(s) Henry Cosby
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Hey Love"
(1967)
"I Was Made to Love Her"
(1967)
"I'm Wondering"
(1967)
"Hey Love"
(1967)
"I Was Made to Love Her"
(1967)
"I'm Wondering"
(1967)

"I Was Made to Love Her" is a hit single recorded by American soul musician Stevie Wonder for Motown's Tamla label in 1967. The song was written by Wonder, his mother Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy and producer Henry Cosby and included on Wonder's 1967 album I Was Made to Love Her. Released as a single, "I Was Made to Love Her" peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in July 1967. The song was held out of the top spot by "Light My Fire" by The Doors and spent four non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart in the United States.[1] The song reached No. 5 in the UK.[citation needed]

When asked in a 1968 interview which of his songs stood out in his mind, Wonder answered "I Was Made to Love Her because it's a true song."[2] The song features Wonder's harmonica solo in the introduction. The song also features strings following the bridge section. The song also features the use of an electric sitar in the opening and repeated throughout the verse. The last lyric line "You know Stevie ain't gonna leave her," ad libbed by Wonder,[2] refers to the singer himself.

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 635. 
  2. ^ a b Stevie Wonder interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1970)
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 1967 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 

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Preceded by
"Respect" by Aretha Franklin
"Make Me Yours" by Bettye Swann
Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles number-one single
July 15, 1967
August 5–19, 1967
Succeeded by
"Make Me Yours" by Bettye Swann
"Baby I Love You" by Aretha Franklin