Never Can Say Goodbye (Gloria Gaynor album)

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Never Can Say Goodbye
Studio album by Gloria Gaynor
Released January 23, 1975
Recorded 1974
Genre Disco, R&B
Label MGM
Producer Paul Leka, Tony Bongiovi, Meco Monardo, Jay Ellis
Gloria Gaynor chronology
Never Can Say Goodbye
Experience Gloria Gaynor
(1975)Experience Gloria Gaynor1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Never Can Say Goodbye is the debut album by Gloria Gaynor, released on MGM Records in January 1975.[3] It is most notable for including several early Disco recordings. The album charted in the US Billboard at number 25 in the US Pop chart, and at number 21 in the US R&B chart. In the UK the album peaked at number 32,[4] "Never Can Say Goodbye" was released in the UK as a single and reached number 2 in early 1975.[5]


The album features three hit singles – "Honey Bee", "Never Can Say Goodbye", and "Reach Out, I'll Be There" – which are featured full-length on the album's first side in a 19-minute disco suite, then a famous first devised by Tom Moulton. This album version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" features double drum beats during the verse links, which is not heard in the single version. The second side of the album mostly consists of slower soul music songs. Notably, vocalist Gloria Gaynor also was involved in the songwriting of a number of the tracks, including "Real Good People".

The album was remastered and reissued with bonus tracks in 2010 by Big Break Records.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Honey Bee" Mervin Steals, Melvin Steals, Matthew Ledbetter 6:00
2. "Never Can Say Goodbye" Clifton Davis 6:28
3. "Reach Out, I'll Be There" Holland–Dozier–Holland 6:15
4. "All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin'" Bobby Flax, Larry Lambert 2:47
5. "Searchin'" Casey Spencer 2:55
6. "We Belong Together" Lester Hodelin, Patricia Shells 2:51
7. "False Alarm" Don Coan, Gloria Gaynor 3:40
8. "Real Good People" Gloria Gaynor 3:02



  • Meco Monardo – arrangers
  • Norman Harris – arrangers
  • Harold Wheeler – arrangers
  • Lou Del Gatto – arrangers
  • Tony Bongiovi – producer
  • Meco Monardo – producer
  • Jay Ellis – producer
  • Paul Leka – producer
  • Tony Bongiovi – recording engineer
  • Bernie Block – cover photography
  • David Krieger – cover design
  • Bill Leby – art direction
  • Tom Moulton – mixing

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[7] Gold 200,100[8]


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