Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours

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"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"
Swonderssd.jpg
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Signed, Sealed & Delivered
B-side"I'm More Than Happy (I'm Satisfied)"
ReleasedJune 3, 1970
RecordedAugust 26, 1969 (track)[1]
February 26, 1970 (horns added)
April 23, 1970 (lead vocals, instrumental overdubs)
April 28, 1970 (additional recording)
StudioHitsville U.S.A. Studio A, Detroit, MI
Golden World Studios, Detroit, MI
GenreSoul
Length2:41
LabelTamla 54196
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Never Had a Dream Come True"
(1970)
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"
(1970)
"Heaven Help Us All"
(1970)

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" is a soul song, by American musician Stevie Wonder, released in June 1970 as a single on Motown's Tamla label. It spent six weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B chart and peaked at number three on the U.S. Pop chart.[2] In the same year, the song was also released on the album Signed, Sealed & Delivered.

The song was arranged by Paul Riser and featured a distinctive "sitar-guitar" in the introduction.[3]

The song was a series of firsts for the 20-year-old Wonder: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" was the first single Wonder produced on his own, and was also the first to feature his female backup singing group composed of Lynda Tucker Laurence (who went on to become a member of The Supremes), Syreeta Wright (who also co-wrote the song), and Venetta Fields. The song also gave Wonder his sixth Grammy nomination, with the award that year going to the Clarence Carter song "Patches".

During a 2008 appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Wonder credited the song title and chorus "signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours" to his mother Lula, who exclaimed the words after listening to her son experiment with the melody.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[11] Gold 45,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Political significance[edit]

During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama's presidential campaign frequently played the song immediately after Obama's speeches at campaign events. Wonder performed the song live on the final night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado. During the campaign, Obama's chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, used the song as the special ring tone on his cellular phone whenever he received a call from Obama.[13]

At Obama's election night rally at Grant Park in Chicago, the song was one of the first of three songs played to warm up the audience for Obama's victory speech upon winning the election. The song was used in the same fashion the Clinton-Gore campaign used Fleetwood Mac's hit, "Don't Stop." The Obama family came out to the song again on Election Night in 2012 for Obama's victory speech.

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the song played after Barack Obama's speech, at which point Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton came out on stage.

Peter Frampton cover[edit]

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Peter Frampton.jpg
Single by Peter Frampton
from the album I'm in You
B-side"Rocky's Hot Club"
ReleasedAugust 1977
GenrePop
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton singles chronology
"I'm in You"
(1977)
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"
(1977)
"Tried to Love"
(1977)

In 1977, Peter Frampton recorded the song on his album I'm in You. His version also contains instrumental elements from Wonder's hit "For Once in My Life". Mick Jagger is featured on backing vocals. Frampton's version was released as a single, reaching number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the Cashbox Top 100.[14] His cover also reached number 13 in Canada. In Chicago, the song reached number nine on superstation WLS-AM,[15] and in Toronto it reached number one on CHUM.[16]

Charts[edit]

Blue, Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone version[edit]

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"
Blue Signed Sealed.jpg
Single by Blue featuring Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone
from the album Guilty
B-side
  • "One Love"
  • "4-Play"
ReleasedDecember 15, 2003
Recorded2002
Genre
Length3:33
LabelInnocent
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Martin Harrington, Ash Howes
Blue singles chronology
"Guilty"
(2003)
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"
(2003)
"Breathe Easy"
(2004)

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" was covered in 2003 by English boy band Blue. Their version included vocals from Angie Stone and Wonder. This was the second single from Blue's third album, Guilty (2003), and it peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. In Japan, the song was issued as a double A-side with Japanese exclusive track "The Gift". Janet Jackson was originally approached to cover the song with the group, but could not proceed due to scheduling conflicts.[24]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered... I'm Yours" – 3:39
  2. "One Love" – 3:25
UK CD2
  1. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered... I'm Yours" (Radio Edit) – 3:33
  2. "4 Play" – 3:22
  3. "Guilty" (Original Demo) – 3:25
  4. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered... I'm Yours" (Video) – 3:33
Japanese double A-side single
  1. "The Gift" – 4:58
  2. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered... I'm Yours" (Radio Edit) – 3:33
  3. "4 Play" – 3:22
  4. "Guilty" (Original Demo) – 3:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003–04) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[25] 31
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[26] 35
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[27] 38
Denmark (Tracklisten)[28] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[29] 29
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[30] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[31] 17
Italy (FIMI)[32] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[33] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[34] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[35] 22
Romania (Romanian Top 100) 37
Scotland (OCC)[36] 11
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[37] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 36
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 53
UK Singles (OCC)[40] 11

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[41] 168
Chart (2004) Position
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[42] 82
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[43] 99
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[44] 192

Ronan Keating version[edit]

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"
Single by Ronan Keating
from the album Postman Pat: The Movie
Released2014
Recorded2014
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ronan Keating

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" was covered in 2014 by Ronan Keating for the film Postman Pat: The Movie.

Other covers[edit]

  • Shortly before being signed by Uni Records, Elton John (then performing under his birth name, Reg Dwight) recorded a cover of it for a collection of top hits of the day that were released as discount LP "sound-alike" versions. It was later released on several CD compilations, perhaps the most notable of which was Reg Dwight's Piano Goes Pop! Elton's (or rather Reg's) version was later included under the end titles of the 2004 romantic comedy film Laws of Attraction starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore.
  • In the early 1970s, Bobby Byrd performed an up-tempo cover of this song on a single with other songs performed by James Brown and Lyn Collins.[45]

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