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) Minnie Riperton
Richard Rudolph
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. It became a No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 5, 1975. Additionally, it reached No. 2 in the UK, and No.3 on the R&B chart; in the U.S. Billboard ranked it as the No.13 song for 1975. The song is especially significant due to Riperton's singing in the very high whistle register in the bridge. It is also noteworthy for the chirping songbirds heard throughout.

Setting[edit]

It was the fourth single from the 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 CD 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 her mother 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 Mayan chant.

Uses in popular culture[edit]

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

The song appears in a 2017 UK TV commercial for Domino's.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 1,000,000^

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

Preceded by
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 5, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John

Shanice version[edit]

"Lovin' You"
Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
Released August 11, 1992
Format CD single, Cassette single
Recorded 1991
Genre R&B, soul, quiet storm
Length 3:57
Label Motown
2175
Songwriter(s) Minnie Riperton
Richard Rudolph
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 R&B chart peaking at #59; it also peaked at #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. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ TV Ad Music - The Official Food of Anniversaries http://www.tvadmusic.co.uk/2017/11/dominos-the-official-food-of-anniversaries/title=Domino's - The Official Food of Anniversaries Check |url= value (help). Retrieved December 3, 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Minnie Riperton – Lovin' You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "RPM Top Singles - Volume 23, No. 8 Apr 19, 1975". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 1975-04-19. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Minnie Riperton – Lovin' You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Minnie Riperton – Lovin' You". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 50 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  9. ^ Brendan Lyttle (1975-12-27). "RPM Top 200 Singles of 1975". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  10. ^ "Britain's best selling records of '75". Record Mirror. London: Billboard. January 10, 1976. p. 12. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1969/Top 100 Songs of 1969". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Minnie Riperton – Loving You". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Loving You in the search field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ "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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