When You Talk About Love

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"When You Talk About Love"
When You Talk About Love.jpg
Single by Patti LaBelle
from the album Flame
Released 1997
Format CD single, Cassette single, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1996
Genre Urban AC, dance-pop
Length 4:00 (radio edit)
5:32 (album version)
Label MCA
Writer(s) James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Ann Nesby, James "Big Jim" Wright
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jimmy Wright
Patti LaBelle singles chronology
"I've Never Stopped Loving You"
"When You Talk About Love"
"Shoe Was on the Other Foot"
Music video
"When You Talk About Love" on YouTube

"When You Talk About Love" is a song recorded by Patti LaBelle. It was released from her 1997 Platinum album, Flame.

Song information[edit]

The song was written by Ann Nesby and musically composed and produced by the team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and James "Big Jim" Wright. The song became one of the singer's most popular hit singles in the 1990s reaching number 56 US pop and number 12 R&B in the summer of the year.[1] A dance remix of the song helped to bring the song to number-one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, making it the fourth number-one dance single in LaBelle's career.[2] The video featured LaBelle playing a teacher giving a "class" about love. LaBelle and her students later dance in the song featuring the singer doing a then-popular dance step at the time called the "Bankhead Bounce" created in Atlanta. The song borrows heavily from Al Green's "Love & Happiness". Both songs have the same vibe and the organ riffs are nearly identical. In addition, the cadence chant of the background singers shouting "Patti Patti" after she asks "what's my name" was taken from the Alexander O'Neal hit, "Fake".

"When You Talk About Love" was issued on a two song cd single in 1997 from MCA records. Hex Hector & Gomi remixed the second track on the single. Tracks are-

  1. "When You Talk About Love" (LP Version) 5:32
  2. "When You Talk About Love" (Main Club Pass) 6:56

12" promo vinyl single (MCA 8P):

SIDE ONE: 1. (Main Club Pass) 6:55 2. Radio Edit 3:0

SIDE TWO: 1.(Dub Mix) 7:06 2. (Bonus Beats) 2:08

External links[edit]


  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
"Hello" by Poe
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 20, 1997
Succeeded by
"Show Me" by Urban Soul