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
ReleasedJune 6, 1991
Format
Recorded1990
Genre
Length3:55
LabelVirgin
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)

"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. British singer Mutya Buena's 2007 song "Real Girl" contains a sample from "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over".

Background[edit]

The song was written by Kravitz while dealing with a struggling marriage to his then wife, Lisa Bonet, and was an attempt to rekindle the relationship. Kravitz has described his thinking at that time as not just a depression, but a fog. I didn’t know which way was up" [3]

Initially Kravitz, realizing the hit potential of the song, did not want to release the song himself, wishing to remain an underground artist, thinking instead of giving the song to Smokey Robinson. His label however eventually persuaded him to include it on the album. [4]

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 peaked number eleven on the UK Singles Chart.

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.
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  5. ^ "Mama Said > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
  6. ^ "Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over – swisscharts.com". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 54, No. 12, August 24, 1991". RPM. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
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  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Lenny Kravitz Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'til It's Over". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Lenny Kravitz – It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
  18. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  19. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  20. ^ "Lenny Kravitz Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  21. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 55, No. 3, December 21, 1991". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  22. ^ 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
  23. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  25. ^ Top Adult Contemporary Songs of 1991

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