Let's Hear It for the Boy (album)

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Let's Hear It for the Boy
Studio album by Deniece Williams
Released April 1984
Recorded 1983-1984
Genre R&B, soul, quiet storm, funk, dance
Length 40:53
Label Columbia, CBS (originally)
Producer Deniece Williams, George Duke
Deniece Williams chronology
I'm So Proud
Let's Hear It for the Boy
Hot on the Trail
Singles from Let's Hear It for the Boy
  1. "Let's Hear It for the Boy"
    Released: April 13, 1984
  2. "Next Love"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Black Butterfly"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Let's Hear It for the Boy is an album by American recording artist Deniece Williams released in 1984 for Columbia and CBS Records. The album reached number 10 on the Billboard pop chart and number 26 on the R&B Albums.[2] [3]

It was produced by American multi-instrumentalist George Duke who also actively participated on the record.

The album features urban hits "Black Butterfly", "Next Love" and the international hit "Let's Hear It for the Boy" which was featured on the musical-drama Footloose and its soundtrack album.


Deniece Williams produced six tracks of the album, and George Duke produced four more.[4] The production of the album was completed in early May 1984 before the album was released a few weeks later.[5]


Carl Matthews of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper called the album "more tempo than her previous releases."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let's Hear It for the Boy" Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow 4:18
2. "I Want You" Peter Couch, Deniece Williams 2:50
3. "Picking Up the Pieces" Peter Couch, Deniece Williams 4:40
4. "Black Butterfly" Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil 4:25
5. "Next Love" George Duke, Deniece Williams 4:23

Side B[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Haunting Me" George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam, Deniece Williams 4:57
2. "Don't Tell Me We Have Nothing" George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam 4:00
3. "Blind Dating" Michele Val Jean, Robert Brookins, Deniece Williams 3:39
4. "Wrapped Up" Andrew Barrett, George McMahon 3:39
5. "Whiter Than Snow" Traditional 3:44



  • Larkin Arnold – executive producer
  • Murray Dvorkin – assistant engineer
  • Mitch Gibson – assistant engineer
  • Constance Guzman – production assistant
  • Tom Perry, Mick Guzauski – engineers
  • Nick Spigel – assistant engineer
  • Tommy Vicari – engineer, remixing


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
US Billboard Top 200 Albums 26
US Billboard Top Black Albums 10


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "AMG: deniece-williams on the Billboard charts". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Discogs: deniece-williams at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  4. ^ a b Matthews, Carl (June 2, 1984). "Sounds: Deniece Williams". The Afro-American. Baltimore. p. 11. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rolling Stones plan to do video, concert in L.A. during Olympics". The Ledger. May 3, 1984. p. 2A. Retrieved October 23, 2014.