The Right Stuff (album)

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The Right Stuff
Vanessa Williams - The Right Stuff.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 6, 1988 (1988-06-06)
Vanessa Williams chronology
The Right Stuff
The Comfort Zone
Singles from The Right Stuff
  1. "The Right Stuff"
    Released: February 1, 1988
  2. "(He's Got) The Look"
    Released: April 12, 1988
  3. "Dreamin'"
    Released: August 16, 1988
  4. "Darlin' I"
    Released: January 20, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The Right Stuff is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Vanessa Williams, released on June 6, 1988, by Wing Records. It includes the singles "The Right Stuff", "(He's Got) The Look", "Dreamin'" and "Darlin' I". The album and its singles were well received by both the urban and pop markets. It was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales in excess of 500,000 and earned Williams three Grammy Award nominations.

Track listings[edit]

1."The Right Stuff"
2."Be a Man"
  • Lisa Montgomery
  • Geneva Paschal
Donald Robinson5:25
4."If You Really Love Him"Salas5:24
5."(He's Got) The Look"
  • Adil Bayyan
  • Amir-Salaam Bayyan
  • Wesley Thomas Jr.
Amir-Salaam Bayyan4:11
6."I'll Be the One"
  • Johnny Elkins
  • Mike Greene
Lewis A. Martineé4:05
  • Salas
  • Jones
8."Darlin' I"
  • Salas
  • Kenny Harris
9."Am I Too Much?"
  • David Paul Bryant
  • Darryl Ross
  • Bryant
  • Ross
10."Can This Be Real?"Dan SerafiniSalas5:15
11."Whatever Happens"Salas3:26


  • Produced by Amir-Salaam Bayyan, David Paul Bryant, Lewis A. Martineé, Donald Robinson, Larry Robinson, Darryl Ross, Rex Salas
  • Additional [background] vocals: Chuckii Booker, Johnny Gill (track 1), Niki Haris (tracks 2, 7, 10), Rachelle Ferrell (track 3), Kipper Jones (tracks 1, 2, 8)
  • Engineers: Mike Bona, David Bianco, Gerry Brown, Craig Burbridge, Peter Dlugokencky, Michael Frenke, Lewis A. Martinee, Allen Scott Plotkin, Paul Scott, Steve Shepherd, Mike Tarsia, Steve Van Arden, Erik Zobler, Jared Held
  • Assistant engineers: Sabrina Burchanek, Cliff Jones, Bob Loftus, Gill Morales, Adam Silverman, Dennis Stefani, John VanNest
  • Mixing: Rick Alonso, David Bianco, Lewis A. Martinee, Donald Robinson, Mike Tarsia, Erik Zobler, Jared Held
  • Remixing: Rod Hui
  • Mix assistant: Steve Holroyd
  • Editing and post-production: Ed Eckstine, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Christopher Shaw, Hank Shocklee, Bill Stephney

Album credits[2]


Chart (1988) Peak
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[3] 45
US Billboard 200[4] 38
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 18


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Vanessa Williams - The Right Stuff (CD, Album) at Discogs
  3. ^ " – Vanessa Williams – The Right Stuff" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Vanessa Williams Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Vanessa Williams Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Vanessa Williams – The Right Stuff". Recording Industry Association of America. March 28, 1989. Retrieved April 14, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.