It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

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"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
Lenny Kravitz - IAOTIO single.jpg
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album Mama Said
Released June 6, 1991
Format
Genre
Length 3:55
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Lenny Kravitz
Producer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"Always on the Run"
(1991)
"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
(1991)
"Stand by My Woman"
(1992)

"Always on the Run"
(1991)
"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
(1991)
"Stand by My Woman"
(1992)

"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" is a song recorded, written, and produced by American musician Lenny Kravitz for his second studio album, Mama Said (1991). Released as the album's second single in June 1991, the song is a mid-tempo ballad, musically inspired by Motown, Philly soul, and Earth, Wind & Fire (particularly "That's the Way of the World"). The horn line at the end is performed by the Phenix Horns from Earth, Wind & Fire. "That song just came out one day, and I knew it had a classic vibe. And I still love that song very much today", Kravitz said in an interview for VivaMusic.com in 2000.[1] The line is based on a Yogiism, or quotation from Yogi Berra: "It ain't over 'til it's over."[2] It was Kravitz's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 of his career, and his highest peak in the chart. English singer Mutya Buena's 2007 song "Real Girl" contains a sample from "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over".

Chart performance[edit]

"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" is Kravitz's most successful single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart to date, peaking at number two behind Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You". It was also popular in the United Kingdom, where it reached number eleven.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Jesse Dylan, features Kravitz and his band performing the song. different kinds of background lighting colors were featured in the video.

Personnel[edit]

Track listings and formats[edit]

CD single and 12" single
  1. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" – 3:55
  2. "I'll Be Around" – 2:52
  3. "The Difference Is Why" – 4:48
7" single
  1. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" – 3:55
  2. "The Difference Is Why" – 4:48

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Grammy Awards!". Lenny-Kravitz.com. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  2. ^ See Examples of Yogiisms.
  3. ^ "Mama Said > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
  4. ^ "Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over – swisscharts.com". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 54, No. 12, August 24, 1991". RPM. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Archived from the original on 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "Chart Stats – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
  16. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  18. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  19. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 55, No. 3, December 21, 1991". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  20. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.1706&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.1706.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.1706
  21. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  22. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  23. ^ Top Adult Contemporary Songs of 1991

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