Love Me in a Special Way

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"Love Me In a Special Way"
Love Me in a Special Way.jpg
Single by DeBarge
from the album In a Special Way
ReleasedNovember 20, 1983
Format7"
GenreSoul
Length4:13
LabelGordy
Songwriter(s)El DeBarge
Producer(s)El DeBarge
DeBarge singles chronology
"Time Will Reveal"
(1983)
"Love Me In a Special Way"
(1983)
"Rhythm of the Night"
(1985)

"Love Me In a Special Way" is a single by DeBarge, released on November 20, 1983. It was the second and final single from their third studio album, In a Special Way on the Gordy label.

Overview[edit]

The song was written, composed, arranged and produced by lead singer, El DeBarge, who mixed his tenor vocal with his high falsetto notes. The song includes a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder, a fellow Motown recording artist.

The single reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the R&B singles chart and increased the group's fan base as the group emerged as superstars that year. The single would later be covered by IMx, Tamia, and Kim Burrell, and would be sampled by rapper AZ on a similarly titled single, which featured sampled recordings of El's chorus line from the song. The song was also sampled by the RZA on "Cold World," off the GZA's highly acclaimed, first solo album, "Liquid Swords," in 1995.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 45
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles [1] 11

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals and piano/keyboards: El DeBarge
  • Background vocals by DeBarge
  • Instrumentation by assorted musicians
  • Guest instrumentation/harmonica solo: Stevie Wonder

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 150.

2.GZA Cold World (GZA song) Liquid Swords lp