Missing You (Diana Ross song)

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"Missing You"
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Swept Away
A-side "Missing You"
B-side "We are the Children of the World"
Released November 13, 1984 (US)
Format Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM[1]
Recorded 1984
Genre R&B, Pop, Ballad
Length 4:16
4:01 (7")
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s) Lionel Richie & James Anthony Carmichael
Diana Ross singles chronology
"Touch by Touch"
"Missing You"
"Touch by Touch"
"Missing You"

"Missing You" is a song performed by Diana Ross. The third single she released (in 45-rpm format) from her album Swept Away, the song had been written, composed, and produced by Lionel Richie as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who was murdered earlier that year.


Ross and Gaye were lifelong friends and label mates, having both joined Motown in 1961, and recorded a duet album together, Diana & Marvin, in 1973, later recording two more duets in 1978. Gaye appeared at Ross's 1982 Brussels concert while Gaye was living in Belgium, recording the Midnight Love album.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Dominic Orlando, was filmed on location at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The video includes, in addition to still photographs and tribute clips of Gaye himself, tribute clips of former Supremes singer Florence Ballard and also of Paul Williams of The Temptations, both Motown artists who had died in the 1970s.

Content and reception[edit]

The song was built during conversations about Gaye shared by Ross and Richie, who came up with a song shortly after the conversations. Released in late 1984, the song became Diana's last major hit on the U.S. pop singles chart, hitting the Top 10 in the spring of 1985. It was also her last song to reach number one on the R&B singles chart.[2]


Chart (1984-1985) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 10
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4
US Cash Box Top Singles 13
UK Singles Chart 76

Samples and covers[edit]


Six hip hop acts have sampled "Missing You:"


Whitney Houston covered the song, alongside other Diana Ross songs, in her 1997 Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C. concert. This song, specifically, was dedicated to Tupac Shakur, Princess Diana, The Notorious B.I.G., Betty Shabazz and Gianni Versace, each of whom had died that year or the year prior.
In 2010, Houston performed the song on select dates of her Nothing but Love World Tour as a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.


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Preceded by
"Mr. Telephone Man" by New Edition
Billboard Hot Black Singles number one single
February 23, 1985 - March 9, 1985
Succeeded by
"Nightshift" by The Commodores