The Right Kinda Lover

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"The Right Kinda Lover"
Single by Patti LaBelle
from the album Gems
B-side The Right Kinda Love (instrumental)
Released 1994
Format CD single, Cassette single, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1993
Genre New jack swing, urban AC

4:35 (single edit)

4:52 (album version)
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Ann Bennett-Nesby, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Wright
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jimmy Wright
Patti LaBelle singles chronology
"All Right Now"
"The Right Kinda Lover"
"All This Love"
Music video
"The Right Kinda Lover" on YouTube

"The Right Kinda Lover" is a song recorded by singer Patti LaBelle. It was released as a single from her 1994 album, Gems, and appeared on the soundtrack to the film Beverly Hills Cop III starring Eddie Murphy.

Song information[edit]

The song, which talks of what the singer thinks is "the right kind of lover" for her, was written with lyrics by Ann Nesby and musically composed and produced by the team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and James "Big Jim" Wright.

Chart information[edit]

In the US, the single reached number sixty-one on the Billboard Hot 100, number eight on the Hot R&B Songs chart.[1] "The Right Kinda Lover" was Patti LaBelle's second number one on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart.[2] Overseas, the single and also reached number fifty on the UK Top 75 and was her most successful in years. The song's video featured LaBelle performing a seductress choosing her choice of mate.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 337. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 150. 
Preceded by
"Caught in the Middle" by Juliet Roberts
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
August 6, 1994
Succeeded by
"Bring Me Your Love" by Deee-Lite