The Right Stuff (album)

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This article is about the Vanessa Williams album. For other uses, see The Right Stuff.
The Right Stuff
Vanessa Williams - The Right Stuff album cover.jpg
Studio album by Vanessa Williams
Released June 6, 1988 (1988-06-06)
Recorded 1987–1988
Length 49:54
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Right Stuff is the debut album by Vanessa Williams, released in 1988. The album and its singles were well received by both the urban and pop markets. The album includes the hit singles "The Right Stuff", "(He's Got) The Look", "Dreamin'" and "Darlin' I". The album eventually went Gold for sales over 500,000 and earned Williams three Grammy Award nominations.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "The Right Stuff" (Kipper Jones, Rex Salas) 4:18
  2. "Be a Man" (Jones, Larry Robinson, Patrice Rushen) 4:57
  3. "Dreamin'" (Lisa Montgomery, Geneva Paschal) 5:25
  4. "If You Really Love Him" (Chuckii Booker, Salas) 5:24
  5. "(He's Got) The Look" (Wesley Thomas Jr., Adil Bayyan, Amir-Salaam Bayyan) 4:11
  6. "I'll Be the One" (Johnny Elkins, Mike Greene) 4:05
  7. "Security" (Jones, Salas) 4:38
  8. "Darlin' I" (Kenny Harris, Salas) 4:07
  9. "Am I Too Much?" (David Paul Bryant, Darryl Ross) 4:08
  10. "Can This Be Real?" (Dan Serafini) 5:15
  11. "Whatever Happens" (Larry Carlton, Bill Withers) 3:26


  • Produced By Amir-Salaam Bayyan, David Paul Bryant, Lewis A. Martineé, Donald Robinson, Larry Robinson, Darryl Ross, Rex Salas
  • 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 & Post-Production: Ed Eckstine, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, Christopher Shaw, Hank Shocklee, Bill Stephney


Year Single Chart positions[2] Album
1988 "The Right Stuff" 44 4 1 71 The Right Stuff
"(He's Got) The Look" 10
1989 "Dreamin'" 8 1 2 74 28
"The Right Stuff" (re-mix) 62
"Darlin' I" 88 10 10


The album reached no. 45[4] on the Dutch album charts.


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Artist Chart History. Billboard. Accessed December 4, 2007.
  3. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000). Mississauga, Ont.: Music Data Canada
  4. ^ "Dutch Album Charts". Retrieved 2011-12-27.