When You Tell Me That You Love Me

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"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
Single Cover When You Tell Me That You Love Me Diana Ross.jpg
Single by Diana Ross
from the album The Force Behind the Power
B-side "Chain Reaction" / "You And I"
Released August 20, 1991 (United States)
Format CD, Vinyl (7" & 12")
Recorded 1991
Genre Soul
Length 4:14
Label Motown
Songwriter(s) Albert Hammond and John Bettis
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Diana Ross singles chronology
"No Matter What You Do"
(1991)
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
(1991)
"The Force Behind The Power"
(1991)

"No Matter What You Do"
(1991)
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
(1991)
"The Force Behind The Power"
(1991)

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me" is a 1991 song, written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis, released as a single by American soul singer Diana Ross. The song was subsequently covered by various artists.

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me" was the lead single from Diana Ross's 1991 album The Force Behind the Power released on the Motown label in the US and by EMI in the UK. The song, a sentimental ballad, was the album's biggest hit, peaking at number thirty-seven on the US Billboard R&B singles chart while peaking at number-two on the UK Singles Chart. Ross considers it one of her signature songs.[1] The UK release included her 1985 hit "Chain Reaction."[2]

It missed the UK Christmas number one spot for 1991 by a couple of hundred units, beaten out by the re-release of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" commemorating the passing of lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The single was awarded a Silver Disc for UK sales exceeding 200,000 copies.

Music video[edit]

The single's music video featured scenes of Ross in an evening gown singing on stage intercut with home video footage of Ross with her two sons Ross & Evan.[3]

Personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

UK Vinyl, 12" (12 EM 217)[4]

  1. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:14)
  2. Chain Reaction (12" Version) (3:50)
  3. You And I (4:06)

UK CD Maxi (CDEM 217, 20 5600 2 )[5]

  1. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:14)
  2. Chain Reaction (12" Version) (3:50)
  3. You And I (4:06)

US Vinyl, 12" (L33-1643 )[6]

  1. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:10)
  2. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:10)

US Cassette Single" (MOTCS-2139 )[6]

  1. When You Tell Me That You Love Me (LP Version) (4:10)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Julio Iglesias versions[edit]

With Dolly Parton[edit]

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
Single Cover When You Tell Me That You Love Me Iglesias Parton.jpg
Single by Julio Iglesias and Dolly Parton
from the album Crazy
Released 1994
Format 5" CD Single
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop
Length 3:59
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Albert Hammond and John Bettis
Producer(s) David Foster

The song was recorded in a duet form by Dolly Parton and Julio Iglesias for the latter's 1994 album Crazy. A single was released in 1994 which managed to chart in the Netherlands for three weeks: entering at position 48, peaking at 45, and in its final week charting at number 49.[16] Parton included this song on her 4-disc compilation box set, The Tour Collection.[17]

Music video[edit]

A music video was directed by John Hopgood, and was filmed for the single at Oheka Castle on Long Island's north shore.[18] The sepia-toned clip features Iglesias and Parton singing in separate rooms and a love scene involving a younger couple. At the end of the video Parton and Iglesias are shown leaving the castle. Parton having changed from a white nightgown into a black cocktail dress.[19]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Mega Top 50[16] 45

With CoCo Lee[edit]

In 1998 Iglesias re-recorded the duet with Chinese singer Coco Lee (李玟) and released it as a single to promote his compilation My Life: The Greatest Hits. Despite this, CoCo Lee's version was not included on the actual album, but rather Parton's.[20] A music video was released featuring Iglesias and Lee singing together in a recording studio intercut with scenes of Lee walking around in a trench coat. At the end of the video Iglesias and Lee sit down to a candlelit dinner.[21]

Westlife version[edit]

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
WhenYouTellMeThatYouLoveMeCD1.jpg
Single by Westlife and Diana Ross
from the album Face to Face
Released 12 December 2005 (UK)
Format CD Single, digital download
Recorded A Side Studios, Stockholm,
Kingside Studio, Stockholm, Sanctuary Townhouse Studio, London
Larrabee North Studios, Los Angeles, 2005
Genre Pop
Length 3:58
Label Sony BMG
Songwriter(s) Hammond and Bettis
Westlife singles chronology
"You Raise Me Up"
(2005)
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
(2005)
"Amazing"
(2006)

"You Raise Me Up"
(2005)
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
(2005)
"Amazing"
(2006)
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me CD2"
"When You Tell Me That You Love Me CD2"
Music video
When You Tell Me That You Love Me on YouTube
Face to Face track listing
12 tracks
  1. "You Raise Me Up"
  2. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
  3. "Amazing"
  4. "That's Where You Find Love"
  5. "She's Back"
  6. "Desperado"
  7. "Colour My World"
  8. "In This Life"
  9. "Heart Without a Home"
  10. "Hit You With a Real Thing"
  11. "Change Your Mind"
  12. "Maybe Tomorrow"

"When You Tell Me That You Love Me" is the second single released from Westlife's sixth studio album, Face to Face (2005). It features vocals from original artist Diana Ross. The single peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, just losing out on the top spot by a mere 171 copies. The song was the 39th best selling single of 2005 in the UK. The single reached 120 000 copies sold in UK so far.[22]

It missed becoming the Christmas Single for 2005 by just 170 units, as had happened to the original. It also peaked at #2 in Ireland.

Music Video[edit]

The video features Westlife and Ross singing on a stage together. The members of Westlife are wearing dark suits whilst Ross wears a long white dress and later in the video, a gold dress.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Single Mix) - 4:10
  2. "White Christmas" - 2:24
  3. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Westlife Only Version) - 3:09
UK CD2
  1. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (Single Mix) - 4:10
  2. "If I Let You Go" (Acoustic Version) - 3:39

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 45
Romania[24] 80
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[25] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 2
World Airplay 28
World Singles 27

Sissel Kyrkjebø version[edit]

The Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø recorded "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" as a duet with Spanish tenor Jose Carreras on her 2007 album, Northern Lights. Sissel sings in English and Carreras sings in Italian. On the album the song is called "Quando Sento Che Mi Ami"

American Idol Finalists - Season 4 version[edit]

The 12 American Idol Finalists - Season 4 Finalists got together perform this Diana Ross hit. It was selected as the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Single in 2005 for the American Idol TV show. It also appears on the American Idol Season 4: The Showstoppers compilation album.

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 12, 1992" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 4 April 2018.
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  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Diana Ross Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Diana Ross – When You Tell Me That You Love M". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter When You Tell Me That You Love M in the search field and then press Enter.
  16. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Julio Iglesias & Dolly Parton - When You Tell Me That You Love Me". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  17. ^ "The Tour Collection: Dolly Parton: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  18. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/ny_local/1996/12/30/1996-12-30_manse_gets_back_on_its_fete_.html. Retrieved October 11, 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081009191351/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnGveS9x5bk&feature=related. Archived from the original on October 9, 2008. Retrieved October 11, 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Julio Iglesias - My Life: Greatest Hits: Julio Iglesias: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  21. ^ "Coco Lee & Julio Iglesias - When You Tell Me That You Love M". YouTube. 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  22. ^ "Westlife | Official Top 20 | MTV UK". Mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  23. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Westlife with Diana Ross – When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  24. ^ http://www.musicchartheaven.com/westlife/westlifeface2face.htm
  25. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  26. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-12-30.

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