Relight My Fire

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"Relight My Fire"
Dan Hartman - Relight My Fire.jpg
Single by Dan Hartman
from the album Relight My Fire
Released 1979
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco, HI-NRG
Length 3:42
Label Blue Sky Records
Songwriter(s) Dan Hartman
Producer(s) Dan Hartman
Dan Hartman singles chronology
"Boogie All Summer"
"Relight My Fire"
"It Hurts to Be in Love"
"Boogie All Summer"
"Relight My Fire"
"It Hurts to Be in Love"

"Relight My Fire" is a popular song which was written and released by Dan Hartman in 1979, when it topped the US dance music charts for six weeks. It was also performed by Costa Anadiotis' band Café Society in 1984 and British boy band Take That (with Lulu in a featured role) in 1993.

The song is from the 1979 Dan Hartman album Relight My Fire.

Dan Hartman original version[edit]

Originally released in 1979 as the follow-up to "Instant Replay", "Relight My Fire" topped the United States dance charts for six weeks from December 12, 1979 to February 16, 1980; it was less successful in the UK, however, where it failed to chart. Loleatta Holloway is credited as a featured vocalist on some versions of the record, singing the "strong enough to walk on through the night" refrain. The song's strings and horns were played by MFSB and conducted by longtime MFSB member Don Renaldo. The 12" version includes a 4½-minute intro called "Vertigo", often used in discos as a floor-filler before the song begins; this 11:22 version is available on Hartman's 1994 hits package titled Keep the Fire Burnin'. The title track from this album was a new recording between Hartman and Holloway, featuring some samples from "Relight My Fire".


  • 7" vinyl single version, 3:42, US release: Blue Sky, CBS ZS9 2784, 1979
  • 12" vinyl The Historical 1979 Re-Mix, 6:52, UK release: Blue Sky, SKY 12 8104, 1979
  • Vertigo/Relight My Fire, album version, 9:44, US release: Blue Sky, JZ 36302, 1979
  • 12" vinyl Vertigo/Relight My Fire (Progressive Instrumental Remix), 11:22, US release: Blue Sky, 4Z8-2790, 1979
  • Vertigo/Relight My Fire (Full-length version), 11:55, mixed By John Luongo, edited by Ben Liebrand (appears on Cd compilation Grand 12 inches volume 2, Sony Music Media 5198852000, 2005). This version features the full "Vertigo" intro of the "progressive instrumental mix", the entire 4-bar break and full vocal part of the album version and ends with the full outro of the "progressive instrumental mix".

In the media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[1] 11
Dutch Singles Chart[2] 7
US Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100[3] 5
US Billboard Dance/Club Play[4] 1

Café Society version[edit]

South African disco group Café Society recorded this song in 1984. It was the third and last hit from the group.

Take That version[edit]

"Relight My Fire"
Take that relight my fire uk cd 1.jpg
Single by Take That featuring Lulu
from the album Everything Changes
Released October 4, 1993
Format 12" vinyl, maxi single, CD single, cassette
Recorded 1993
Length 4:11
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Dan Hartman
Producer(s) Joey Negro, Andrew Livingstone
Take That singles chronology
"Relight My Fire"
"Relight My Fire"
Music video
"Relight My Fire" on YouTube

"Relight My Fire" was covered in 1993 by English boy band Take That and featured guest vocals from Lulu, reprising the Holloway role. The second of the band's eleven number-one hits, it topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in October 1993.[5] It was the first UK number-one single for Lulu and at the time broke the record between an act's chart debut and their reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart, happening 29 years 148 days after her debut with "Shout" in 1964.

The band performed Dan Hartman's "Vertigo/Relight My Fire" version as the intro and opening number of their Nobody Else Tour (featuring Juliet Roberts in the female vocal role).

In 1999, Love to Infinity remixed Take That's cover and issued it on a "12" vinyl" pressing "3.0 Hitmixes". In 2005, the track was remixed for their reunion compilation, known as the 'Element Remix'. However, only a 3 track CD single featuring the new remix was issued to DJs while the commercial CD single pressing was withdrawn.

The song has received a silver disc certification and sold over 360,000 copies in the UK.

The band appeared on Mooi! Weer de Leeuw in the Netherlands on March 14, 2009 to perform "The Garden". They also ended up performing "Back For Good" and "Relight My Fire" due to popular demand from the host and audience the next day.

Music video[edit]

The music video depicts the band and singer Lulu dancing and partying in a club atmosphere.


Track listings[edit]

UK CD single #1 (74321 16772 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Radio Version) – 3:59
  2. "Relight My Fire" (Full Length Version) – 11:17
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Late Night Mix) – 6:47
  4. "Relight My Fire" (All Night Mix) – 6:58
  5. "Relight My Fire" (Night Beats) – 5:20
UK CD single #2 (74321 16861 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (album version) – 4:11
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up with You?" (live version) – 5:13
  3. "Motown Medley" (live version) – 10:14
  4. "Take That and Party" (live version) – 2:49
EU CD single #1 (74321 17032 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (radio version) – 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up with You?" (live version) – 5:13
EU CD single #2 (74321 17033 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (radio version) – 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up with You?" (live version) – 5:13
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Late Night Mix) – 6:47
Japanese 3" CD single (BVDP-94)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (radio version) – 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up with You?" (live version) – 5:13
UK cassette (74321 16772 4)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (radio version) – 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up with You?" (live version) – 5:13
UK 7" vinyl (74321 17032 7)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (radio version) – 3:59
  2. "Why Can't I Wake Up with You?" (live version) – 5:13
UK 12" vinyl (74321 16861 1)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Full Length Version) – 11:17
  2. "Relight My Fire" (All Night Mix) – 6:58
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Late Night Mix) – 6:47
  4. "Relight My Fire" (Percacapella) – 2:11
  5. "Relight My Fire" (Night Beats) – 5:20
UK 2005 withdrawn CD single (82876 76060 2)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Element Remix) – 3:46
  2. "Relight My Fire" (original version) – 4:11
  3. "Relight My Fire" (video) – 4:12
UK 2005 withdrawn 12" vinyl (82875 76061 5)
  1. "Relight My Fire" (Element Remix) – 3:46
  2. "Relight My Fire" (Joey Negro Club Mix) – 6:43
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Joey Negro Vocal Mix) – 7:05

The medley contains versions of "Just My Imagination", "My Girl", "Reach Out (I'll Be There)", "Get Ready", "Treat Her Like a Lady" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993–94) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 33
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[6] 27
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 10
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 12
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[10] 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 4
Germany (Media Control AG)[11] 18
Iceland (Tonlist)[12] 24
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 2
Israel (Media Forest)[14] 1
Japan (Oricon)[15] 33
Latvia (EHR)[16] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 32
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 1
Year-end chart (1993) Position
Australian Singles Chart[18] 109
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[19] 78
German Singles Chart[20] 101
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 127
UK Singles Chart (1993 Year-End) 28


Country Certification Sales certified
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Silver 360,000[23]

Official Take That versions[edit]

  • Album version (4:10)
  • Radio version (3:59)
  • Full-length version (11:17)
  • Late Night Mix (6:47)
  • All Night Mix (6:58)
  • Night Beats (5:20)
  • Percacapella (2:11)
  • Live at Wembley Stadium (8:07)
  • Love to Infinity Mix (8:00)
  • Greed Mix (8:13)
  • Element Remix (3:46)

Ricky Martin version[edit]

"Relight My Fire"
Relight My Fire single by Ricky Martin.jpg
Single by Ricky Martin featuring Loleatta Holloway
Released March 18, 2003 (2003-03-18)
Format Promo single
Recorded 2003
Genre EDM
Length 4:17
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Dan Hartman
Producer(s) Hex Hector
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"Come to Me"
(2002) Come to Me2002
"Relight My Fire"
(2003) Relight My Fire2003
"Tal Vez"
(2003) Tal Vez2003

Ricky Martin covered "Relight My Fire" in 2003.[24] In late January 2003, Billboard reported that Grammy Award-winnig remixer Hex Hector recently spent time in the studio with Martin and Anastacia.[25] The trio, with Hector in the producer's seat, completed a cover of Dan Hartman's disco classic "Relight My Fire."[25] Billboard added that Anastacia reprised Loleatta Holloway's performance from the original, and the song should appear on Martin's forthcoming album.[25] However, the single released in March 2003 included Holloway's original vocals, and the song did not appeared on any of Martin's albums.[26] "Relight My Fire" is credited to "Martin featuring Loleatta Holloway."[26]

Chart performance[edit]

On the Billboard issue dated April 19, 2003, "Relight My Fire" appeared on the Hot Dance Breakouts chart, and on May 3, 2003, it entered the Dance Club Songs at number thirty-eight.[27][28] The song peaked at number five on June 21, 2003 and spent twelve weeks on the Dance Club Songs chart.[29]

Formats and track listings[edit]

US promotional CD single

  1. "Relight My Fire" (Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Club Vocal Mix) (Edited) – 8:52
  2. "Relight My Fire" (Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Dub Mix) – 8:28
  3. "Relight My Fire" (Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Club Mix) (Full Version) – 9:08
  4. "Relight My Fire" (Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Radio Vocal Mix) – 4:17
  5. "Relight My Fire" (Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Club Instrumental) – 9:09
  6. "Relight My Fire" (Hex Hector/Mac Quayle Club A Cappella) – 4:17


Chart (2003) Peak
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[30] 5

José Galisteo version[edit]

In 2007, José Galisteo, a contestant on Spain's Operación Triunfo, recorded it on his debut disc, Remember.

Lulu version[edit]

On Friday June 5, 2015 as part of BBC Music Day. Lulu did her own solo version of the Take That version from 1993 where she covered all of the vocals for the verses and her backing band stood in for Take That on the choruses. The whole song was performed live from The Quay in Glasgow on the BBC Red Button as part of The One Show Extra.


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  17. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  18. ^ 1993 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved July 28, 2016)
  19. ^ 1993 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
  20. ^ 1993 German Singles Chart (Retrieved July 18, 2016)
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  22. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved September 2, 2008)
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Preceded by
"The Second Time Around" by Shalamar
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(Dan Hartman version with "Vertigo" and "Free Ride")

January 12, 1980
Succeeded by
"And the Beat Goes On" / "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box" by The Whispers
Preceded by
"Cryin'" by Aerosmith
Israel Singles Chart (Take That version)
November 2, 1993 – November 16, 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Sign" by Ace of Base
Preceded by
"Boom! Shake the Room" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Take That version)
October 3, 1993 – October 17, 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf