Lovin' You

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"Lovin' You"
Perfect Angel ©1974.jpg
Single by Minnie Riperton
from the album Perfect Angel
B-side "The Edge of a Dream"
Released January 13, 1975
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul
Length
  • 3:21 (radio edit)
  • 3:46 (album version)
Label Epic 32561
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder and Richard Rudolph (as Scorbu Productions)[1]
Minnie Riperton singles chronology
"Seeing You This Way"
(1974)
"Lovin' You"
(1975)
"Inside My Love"
(1975)

"Seeing You This Way"
(1974)
"Lovin' You"
(1975)
"Inside My Love"
(1975)
Perfect Angel track listing
"Every Time He Comes Around"
(7)
"Lovin' You"
(8)
"Our Lives"
(9)

"Lovin' You" is a 1975 hit single originally performed by American singer Minnie Riperton from her album Perfect Angel (1974). It was written by Riperton and Richard Rudolph, produced by Stevie Wonder and Richard Rudolph, and released on January 13, 1975.

It became a number 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 on April 5, 1975. Additionally, it reached number 2 on the UK Singles chart, and number 3 on the Billboard R&B chart. In the US, Billboard ranked it as the number 13 song for 1975. The song is especially known for Riperton's use of the high whistle register in the song's bridge, and for the chirping songbirds heard throughout.

Setting[edit]

It was the fourth single from Riperton's album Perfect Angel (1974). As with the rest of the album, the keyboard backing is played by Stevie Wonder (credited as "El Toro Negro", Spanish for the black bull, as Wonder is a Taurus).

"Lovin' You" was among the first of several songs to top the U.S. pop chart without the help of a percussion instrument. Prior examples of percussion-less Number Ones were Jim Croce – "Time in a Bottle" (1973), The Beatles – "Yesterday" (1965), and on the UK Singles Chart, The Beatles – "Eleanor Rigby" (1966).

According to the liner notes from Riperton's compilation album Petals, the melody for "Lovin' You" was created to be a distraction for her baby daughter (Maya Rudolph) so that Minnie and her husband Richard could hang out. Maya was in the studio with Riperton on the day it was recorded and Riperton can be heard singing her daughter's name at the end, but only in the unedited or album version. The song fades out early in the radio edit because the disc jockeys felt that the repeated "Maya" was being overdone and that it would be misunderstood as a religious chant.

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The Orb song, "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld" was initially called "Loving You" after the Minnie Riperton song. The Orb's version, as it was originally played live, sampled heavily from Riperton. On signing to the label Big Life, the Orb changed the title of the song, usually leaving "Loving You" as a subtitle. Upon the single's release, Riperton's management forced Big Life to remove the unlicensed Riperton samples, ensuring that only the initial first-week release of the single contained the original vocals of Minnie Riperton; subsequent pressings used vocals from a sound-alike.[2] The version played live on BBC radio (with samples of Riperton) ended up on John Peel's Festive Fifty for 1990. The recorded version released as a single, despite being near 20 minutes in length, reached No. 78 on the UK Singles Chart.

The intro of the song was featured during the Top Gear: Bolivia Special (2009).

The song appears in a 2017 UK TV commercial for Domino's.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Shanice version[edit]

"Lovin' You"
Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
Released August 11, 1992
Format CD single, Cassette single
Genre R&B, soul, quiet storm
Length 3:57
Label Motown
2175
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions
Shanice singles chronology
"Silent Prayer"
(1992)
"Lovin' You"
(1992)
"Saving Forever for You"
(1992)

"Silent Prayer"
(1992)
"Lovin' You"
(1992)
"Saving Forever for You"
(1992)
Inner Child track listing
"Peace in the World"
(8)
"Lovin' You"
(9)
"You Ain't All That"
(10)
Ultimate Collection track listing
"The Way You Love Me"
(8)
"Lovin' You"
(9)
"I'm Cryin'"
(10)
Every Woman Dreams track listing
"Chocolate"
(11)
"Loving You"
(12)
"Forever Like a Rose"
(13)

Shanice's cover of the song was released in the summer of 1992 months after the success of her hit "I Love Your Smile". It only achieved minor success on the US Billboard R&B chart peaking at number 59; it also peaked at number 54 on the UK chart. The music video for the song is set on a beach. In 2005, she re-recorded the song again for her 2006 album Every Woman Dreams.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Single Version"
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone Single Remix)
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone Club Remix)
  4. "Instrumental"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
Position
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 59
UK Singles Chart 54

Personnel[edit]

  • Drums and programming by Narada Michael Walden
  • Keyboards and programming by Louis Biancaniello
  • Produced by Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eskow, Gary (February 1, 2008). "Classic Tracks: Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You"". Mix. Archived from the original on April 23, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Boyd, Brian (23 October 1998). "Unidentified Flying Orb". The Irish Times. p. 12. 
  3. ^ "Domino's - The Official Food of Anniversaries". TV Ad Music. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Minnie Riperton – Lovin' You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "RPM Weekly Top Singles - April 19, 1975 (Volume 23, No. 8)". Library and Archives Canada. RPM Weekly (archived). April 19, 1975. Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Minnie Riperton – Lovin' You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Minnie Riperton – Lovin' You". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Minnie Riperton: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Minnie Riperton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Minnie Riperton Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Minnie Riperton Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  13. ^ Brendan Lyttle (1975-12-27). "RPM Top 200 Singles of 1975". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  14. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1975" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Britain's best selling records of '75". Record Mirror. London: Billboard. January 10, 1976. p. 12. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1969/Top 100 Songs of 1969". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Minnie Riperton – Loving You". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Loving You in the search field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Riperton, Minnie – Lovin' You". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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