Too Much, Too Little, Too Late

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"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late"
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams.jpg
Single by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
from the album You Light Up My Life
B-side "Emotion"
Released February 21, 1978
Format Vinyl, 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre Soul, Soft rock , R&B
Length 3:00
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) John Vallins, Nat Kipner
Producer(s) Jack Gold
Johnny Mathis singles chronology
"Yellow Roses On her Gown"
(1976)
"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late"
(1978)
"You're All I Need"
(1978)
"Yellow Roses On her Gown"
(1976)
"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late"
(1978)
"You're All I Need"
(1978)
Deniece Williams singles chronology
"Baby, Baby My Loves All for You"
(1978) Baby, Baby My Loves All for You1978
"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late"
(1978) Too Much, Too Little, Too Late1978
"You're All I Need to Get By"
(1978) You're All I Need to Get By1978

"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" is a song performed by singers Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams. Lyrics and music are arranged by Nat Kipner and John Vallins. The single was a comeback of sorts for Mathis, as it was his first chart-topping hit in the US since 1957's "Chances Are".

Released as a single in 1978, it reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, Adult Contemporary chart,[1] and R&B chart.[2] Outside the U.S., the song peaked at number nine on the Canadian Singles Chart[3] and number three on the UK Singles Chart.

"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" was certified gold and silver in the US and in the UK by the RIAA and the British Phonographic Industry respectively.[4][5]

Later in 1978 the duo released a follow-up single, "You're All I Need to Get By" (which peaked at number 47 on the Hot 100), and a full album of duets, That's What Friends Are For. The success of the duets with Williams prompted Mathis to record duets with a variety of partners including Jane Olivor, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, and Nana Mouskouri. A compilation album, also called Too Much, Too Little, Too Late and released by Sony Music in 1995, featured the title track among other songs by the Mathis/Williams duo.

Chart performance[edit]

Silver Sun version[edit]

English power pop band Silver Sun recorded a cover of "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" for their album Neo Wave. It was also released as a single, reaching number 20 in the UK Singles Chart in 1998.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 161. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 383. 
  3. ^ Lwin, Nanda (2000). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  6. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  7. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1978-06-25. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  11. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1978 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1978-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 1978 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-03.