One Heartbeat

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One Heartbeat
One Heartbeat (Smokey Robinson).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 1987
Recorded1986-1987, Conway Studios, with additional recording at Buckman Studios, Power Trax Studios and Oceanway Recording.
GenreR&B, Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary
Length38:10
LabelMotown
ProducerPeter Bunetta, Rick Chudacoff
Smokey Robinson chronology
Smoke Signals
(1986)
One Heartbeat
(1987)
Love, Smokey
(1990)

One Heartbeat is a million-selling 1987 album by R&B singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson. It hit number 26 on the US Billboard Album Chart and number 1 on the US Billboard R&B album chart.

The album contains two US Billboard top 10 singles: "Just to See Her" (which won Robinson a Grammy Award in the category of Best Male R&B Vocal performance) and "One Heartbeat". "What's Too Much" was released as the album's third and final single. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Just to See Her" (Jimmy George, Lou Pardini) - 4:04
  2. "One Heartbeat" (Brian Ray, Steve LeGassick) - 4:07
  3. "It's Time to Stop Shoppin' Around" (Robinson) - 4:02
  4. "Why Do Happy Memories Hurt So Bad" (Robinson, Marvin Tarplin) - 4:06
  5. "You Don't Know What It's Like" (Robinson, Reed Nielsen, Sue Shifrin) - 3:55
  6. "What's Too Much" (Robinson, Ivory Stone) - 4:23
  7. "Love Brought Us Here Tonight" (duet with Syreeta Wright) (Robinson, Stephen Geyer, Allan Rich) - 3:57
  8. "Love Don't Give No Reason" (Robinson, Steven Tavani) - 4:25
  9. "Keep Me" (Robinson) - 4:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Smokey Robinson – lead vocals
  • Dann Huff – guitar (1, 3-9)
  • Brian Ray – guitar (2), drum programming (2), arrangements (2)
  • Neil Stubenhaus – bass (1, 4, 9)
  • Rick Chudacoff – arrangements (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9), synth bass (3), acoustic piano (6)
  • John Robinson – drums (1, 4, 5, 9)
  • Peter Bunetta – arrangements (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9), drums (3), drum programming (6), bass synth programming (6)
  • Brad Buxer – drum programming (6, 7), bass synth programming (6), keyboards (7), synthesizer programming (7), rhythm track arrangement (7)
  • Tom Seufert – drum programming (8)
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion (1, 3, 9)
  • Robbie Buchanan – keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9), arrangements (5, 8)
  • Lou Pardini – synthesizer solo (1)
  • Steve LeGassick – keyboards (2), arrangements (2)
  • Bill Elliott – keyboards (3)
  • Reginald "Sonny" Burke – keyboards (3, 4), acoustic piano solo (6), organ (6)
  • Kenny G – sax solo (2, 9), soprano sax solo (4)
  • Danny Pelfrey – alto saxophone (3)
  • Greg Smith – baritone saxophone (3)
  • Jerry Jumonville – tenor saxophone (3)
  • Bruce Paulsen – trombone (3)
  • Darrell Leonard – trumpet (3, 6), horn arrangements (3)
  • John Thomas – trumpet (3)
  • Jerry Peterson – EWI controller (8)
  • Leslie Smith – backing vocals (1, 4, 5)
  • Tim Stone – backing vocals (1)
  • Patti Henley – backing vocals (2, 4-9)
  • Ivory Stone – backing vocals (3, 4-9)
  • The Temptations – backing vocals (3)
  • Howard Smith – backing vocals (4, 5)
  • Alfie Silas – backing vocals (5-9)
  • Maxayn Lewis – backing vocals (5)
  • Kal David – backing vocals (5)
  • Syreeta Wright – lead vocals (7)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff
  • Executive Producer – Berry Gordy
  • Coordination – Sharon Burston
  • Engineered by Daren Klein
  • Additional Recording – Richard McKernan and Frank Wolf
  • Assistant Engineers – Troy Krueger, Bob Loftus, Richard McKernan, Marnie Riley and Gary Wagner.
  • Mixing – Daren Klein (Tracks 1-9); Mick Guzauski (Tracks 1, 2, 4-7 & 9).
  • Art Direction – Johnny Lee
  • Design – Andy Engel
  • Front Cover Photo – Bonnie Schiffman
  • Back Cover Photo – Ron Slenzak

Singles[edit]

Year Title US US R&B AC UK
1987 "Just to See Her" 8 2 1 52
1987 "One Heartbeat" 10 3 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]