Just Once

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"Just Once"
Single by Quincy Jones
from the album The Dude
Recorded August 1981
Label A&M
Writer(s) Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones singles chronology
"Ai No Corrida"
"Just Once"

"Just Once" is a 1981 single released from Quincy Jones' album The Dude on A&M Records. The song features James Ingram on vocals, and reached number 17 on the Billboard chart in the summer of 1981.[1]

History and composition[edit]

On a television program interview, Ingram stated that this song was a $50 demo done by ATV Music, composed by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Quincy Jones called back and wanted Ingram to sing on his album.[2]

The song is composed originally in the key of C major. The bridge modulates to the key of A flat major, moves to B major, and finally ends in D major.

The song featured in the 1982 film The Last American Virgin.


Chart (1981–82) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100
US Billboard R&B
US Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs

Cover versions[edit]