I Was Made to Love Her (song)

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"I Was Made to Love Her"
StevieWonderIWasMadeToLoveHer7InchSingleLabel.jpg
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album I Was Made to Love Her
B-side
  • "Travlin' Man"
  • "Hold Me"
ReleasedJune 1967 (1967-06)
Recorded1967
StudioHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A), Detroit, Michigan
GenreSoul
Length2:37
LabelTamla
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Henry Cosby
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Hey Love"
(1967)
"I Was Made to Love Her"
(1967)
"I'm Wondering"
(1967)

"I Was Made to Love Her" is a soul music song recorded by American 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, Wonder's first top ten hit in that country.[2]

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".[3] The song features Wonder's harmonica solo in the introduction, strings following the bridge section and the use of an electric sitar in the opening and repeated throughout the verse.[citation needed] The last lyric line "You know Stevie ain't gonna leave her" was ad libbed by Wonder.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts

Chart (1967) Peak
position
Australia (Go-Set) [6] 40
Canada RPM Top Singles[7] 5
New Zealand (Listener)[8] 16
UK Singles Chart[2] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 2
US Billboard R&B Singles[1] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1967) Rank
Canada[9] 56
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 635.
  2. ^ a b "– Singles". Official Charts. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Stevie Wonder interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1970)
  4. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 7: 1967 [liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records
  5. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/8471293/eddie-willis-motown-funk-brothers-dead
  6. ^ Go-Set National Top 40, 20 September 1967
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  8. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 22 September 1967
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.