No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

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"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
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Artwork for U.S. vinyl releases; international releases that use this artwork have their own image variations
Single by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer
from the album Wet and On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II
B-side"Wet" (Columbia)
"Lucky" or "My Baby Understands" (Casablanca)
ReleasedOctober 1979 (1979-10)
RecordedAugust 14–28, 1979
StudioVillage Recorder, Los Angeles
Genre
Length
  • 4:39 (radio edit)
  • 8:19 (Wet album version)
  • 11:43 (On The Radio/12" version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"The Main Event/Fight"
(1979)
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
(1979)
"Kiss Me In the Rain"
(1979)
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Dim All the Lights"
(1979)
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
(1979)
"On the Radio"
(1980)

"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" is a 1979 song recorded by American singers Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer. It was written by Paul Jabara and Bruce Roberts and produced by Giorgio Moroder and Gary Klein.

The song was recorded for Streisand's Wet album and also as a new track for Summer's compilation double album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II. The full-length version was found on Streisand's album, while a longer 11-minute edit (the 12" version) was featured on Summer's album. The longer 12" version features additional production by frequent collaborator Harold Faltermeyer, and incorporates a harder rock edge. The single was released on both Casablanca Records (Summer's label) and Columbia Records (Streisand's label) and sales of the two were amalgamated. The versions on the two 7" singles differed slightly however, with different mixes and slightly different background vocal arrangements. The formats differed between nations—in the UK for example, the song was only released on 7" by Casablanca, and 12" (the extended version from the On The Radio album) by Columbia.[citation needed]

Although the sales of the two labels' releases were amalgamated, both the 7" and the 12" were certified Gold by the RIAA in early 1980. The 7" single was eventually certified Platinum, signifying sales of two million US copies.

Bowing on the Hot 100 at number 59 on 20 October 1979, the single went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 24 November – 1 December 1979 (making it both singers' fourth chart-topping single in the US, as well as Summer's final) and number one for four weeks on the disco chart.[1] "No More Tears" was also a big international hit, and made the top three in both Canada and the UK.[2]

After recording "No More Tears" Summer and Streisand did not perform the song together live, although Summer did sing the song in concert with other female performers, including Tina Arena and her sister Mary Gaines Bernard.[citation needed] Streisand included the song as part of her 2012 Barbra Live concert tour (released as Back to Brooklyn), where she discussed Summer's recent passing and how she wished Donna were alive to sing the song together.

A later remix released as "Enough Is Enough 2017" climbed to #3 on the US Dance Club chart.[3]

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals: Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer
  • Acoustic and Electric Piano: Greg Mathieson
  • Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
  • Drums: James Gadson
  • Guitar: Jay Graydon and Jeff Baxter
  • Background Vocals: Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Luther Vandross
  • Produced By Gary Klein for The Entertainment Company in association with Giorgio Moroder Productions
  • Arranged and Conducted by Greg Mathieson
  • Vocals arranged by Bruce Roberts, Paul Jabara and Luther Waters
  • Engineered by Juergen Koppers and John Arrias
  • Recorded at Village Recorders and Rusk Sound Studios, Los Angeles

Charts and certifications[edit]

Parodies[edit]

Comedian Eddie Murphy recorded a parody version of the song as it might be performed by exercise guru Richard Simmons and Our Gang actor Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas. The song appears on Murphy's 1982 self-titled comedy album.[33]

On the UPN’s series “Half & Half,” the song was performed in an episode by Phyllis (Telma Hopkins) and Big Dee Dee (Valarie Pettitord).

Sampling[edit]

Kym Mazelle & Jocelyn Brown version[edit]

"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
Kym Mazelle & Jocelyn Brown-No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).jpg
Single by Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
Released1994
StudioComforts Place
Genre
Length
  • 4:56 (short intro)
  • 5:56 (full intro)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kym Mazelle singles chronology
"Love Me the Right Way"
(1993)
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
(1994)
"Young Hearts Run Free"
(1996)
Jocelyn Brown singles chronology
"Don't Talk Just Kiss"
(1991)
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
(1994)
"Keep on Jumpin'"
(1996)
Music video
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" on YouTube

In 1994, American singers Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown released a cover of "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". It was produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken. The single peaked at number 13 in its second week at the UK Singles Chart, on June 12. It also charted in Australia, Belgium and Ireland, where it reached number 19. The single marked the first collaboration between producers Mike Stock and Matt Aitken since the split of the famous '80s production triumvirate with Pete Waterman. The idea to record the Streisand/Summer song came from the head of the Bell label Simon Cowell. Stock told in an 1994 interview, "The idea was to make something more camp and outrageous than k.d. lang and Andy Bell's recent version, which we found a bit drippy."[34]

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick from Billboard commented, "All we have to say is that we would have paid any price to have witnessed the recording session for the Kym Mazelle/Jocelyn Brown duet "No More Tears." No doubt it was the diva fest to end them all—not to mention true history in the making. Only a pair with the vocal seasoning of these dance music legends could take on the Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer classic and make it work so well. The original version of the track was produced with a giddy hi-NRG attitude by Stock & Aitken".[35] Robbert Tilli from Music & Media stated, "This remake is likely to be as big as a gay anthem as its forerunner was."[36] Alan Jones from Music Week gave it four out of five, adding that when "these two mighty big mouths join together for a revamp" of the Streisand/Summer hit, "it will, of course, be a big hit."[37] James Hamilton from the magazine's RM Dance Update deemed it a "Hi-NRG tempoed but cheesy" track.[38]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made to accompany the song, directed by Max Giwa & Dani Pasquini, known as just Max & Dani. It was released on May 30 and features camp theatrics that collide in a beauty salon.[39]

Track listing[edit]

CD single, UK (1994)
  1. "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (Radio Edit) (Short Intro) – 4:56
  2. "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (Radio Edit) (Full Intro) – 5:56
  3. "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (Classic Disco Mix By Evolution) – 7:39
  4. "One More Time" – 4:14

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[40] 48
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[41] 46
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[42] 41
Ireland (IRMA)[43] 19
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[44] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Single Tip)[45] 3
Scotland (OCC)[46] 23
UK Singles (OCC)[47] 13
UK Dance Singles (Music Week)[48] 5

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