Never Knew Love Like This Before
|"Never Knew Love Like This Before"|
|Single by Stephanie Mills|
|from the album Sweet Sensation|
|Length||5:30 (album edit) |
3:28 (radio edit)
|Label||20th Century-Fox Records|
|Stephanie Mills singles chronology|
"Never Knew Love Like This Before" is a song written and produced by songwriters James Mtume and Reggie Lucas for American R&B recording artist Stephanie Mills' fourth studio album Sweet Sensation (1980).
The song became Mills' biggest hit on the US Billboard Pop Singles Chart, where it peaked at number 6, outperforming her previously highest charting single, "What Cha' Gonna Do with My Lovin'", which peaked at number 22. The single was also successful on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at No. 12 and No. 5, respectively. It was a bigger success in the UK where it peaked at number 4.
- Howard King – drums
- Basil Fearington – bass
- James Mtume – keyboards
- Hubert Eaves III – keyboards
- Reggie Lucas – guitar
- Ed Moore – guitar
- James Mtume – percussion
- Ed Walsh – synthesizer programming
- Tawatha Agee, Gwen Guthrie, Brenda White King, James Mtume, Reggie Lucas – background vocals
- Gene Blanco – String and horn arrangements
Marie Osmond, covered and performed in From The Marie Show on December 26, 1980.
In 1996, the song was covered by Sonya.
In 1999, the song was covered by the French duet Organiz' for their 2nd single.
Natalia recorded the song for her album This Time (2004).
Filipino singer Lani Misalucha covered the song for her 2008 album Reminisce and was the featured song in an episode of ABS-CBN's Your Song. South African Idol's Season 4 winner, Jodie Williams, recorded an uptempo remake of this song for her debut album, Just Gonna Be Me.
A cover was created by Peter White on his album Groovin' (2016).
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