Something to Talk About (Bonnie Raitt song)
|"Something to Talk About"|
|Single by Bonnie Raitt|
|from the album Luck of the Draw|
|Released||May 20, 1991|
|Format||CD single, cassette|
|Recorded||November 1990 – February 1991|
|Producer(s)||Bonnie Raitt, Don Was|
|Bonnie Raitt singles chronology|
"Something to Talk About" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard and recorded by Bonnie Raitt in 1990, for her 1991 album Luck of the Draw. It was released to U.S. radio on June 3, 1991. Three single versions were released: the promo b/w the same song; the 7" single b/w "One Part Be My Lover" a song written by Raitt with her then husband actor Michael O'Keefe, which was also off Luck of the Draw; and a 12" single with these two songs and "I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again" off her previous album Nick of Time. In turn, this song was included on the EP version of Raitt’s 2000 single of "The Fundamental Things" taken from her 1998 album Fundamental. It was also included in 2003’s greatest hits compilation The Best of Bonnie Raitt. Live versions also appeared on 1995’s Road Tested and 2006’s Bonnie Raitt and Friends.
Anne Murray wanted to record this song in 1986, but her producers did not think it would be a hit. She still called the album that she released that year Something to Talk About even though it did not include this song.
The video for the song was directed by Matt Mahurin. It features Raitt with two guitarists performing the song at a community event, while scenes showing older couples dancing, people in silly wardrobe acting goofy for a film crew, and many people in a swimming pool.
The song was popular on multiple formats of radio: it peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, number 12 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is one of Bonnie Raitt's most popular songs, along with "I Can't Make You Love Me".
7" Single (1991)
- "Something to Talk About" – 3:47
- "One Part Be My Lover" – 5:06
Nominations and awards
Raitt won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1992 for her recording of this song (Oleta Adams, Mariah Carey, Amy Grant and Whitney Houston were the other finalists). The track also received a nomination for Record of the Year, losing to "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.
|1998||Willie Clayton||Something to Talk About|
|2000||Tom Ball, Kenny Blackwell, Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger, Tom Corbett, Rudi Ekstein, Curtis Jones, John Moore, Bob Nichols, David West and Gabe Witcher||Angel from Montgomery: Bluegrass Celebrates Bonnie Rait|
|2003||St. Lawrence University Sinners||Sing||
|2005||Wenche||I’m a Country Girl|
|2006||Yester, Belland & Somerville||Triple Gold|
|2007||Eddie Levert Sr. & Gerald Levert||Something to Talk About|
|2007||SHeDAISY||The Guardian Soundtrack|
|2007||Melanie Joy Hall||Falling to the Moon|
|2007||Sanjaya Malakar||American Idol Season 6: Greatest Hits: Collector's Edition|
|2009||Heidi Ellis||Maritime Idol 2008|
|2012||X-Factors||The Pink Album||
|2013||Jennifer Love Hewitt||N/A||
The song has been performed numerous times on American Idol, including by Kimberly Caldwell in season 2, Fantasia Barrino in season 3, Kellie Pickler in season 5 and Sanjaya Malakar in season 6. Sanjaya changed "how about love" from the chorus to "other than hair" during his farewell performance.
David Cross and Jon Benjamin perform a live duet on the 2007 DVD The Comedians Of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour. It was sung by Will Ferrell in the 2008 film Step Brothers and also featured in the 1995 film Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid.
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