You Know How to Love Me

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You Know How To Love Me
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 1979
ProducerJames Mtume, Reggie Lucas
Phyllis Hyman chronology
Somewhere in My Lifetime
You Know How To Love Me
Can't We Fall in Love Again?

You Know How to Love Me is the fourth album by American soul singer-songwriter Phyllis Hyman. It was released by Arista Records in 1979, and produced by James Mtume & Reggie Lucas.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Smash Hits8/10[2]

Writing in Smash Hits, Bev Hillier described You Know How to Love Me as a "great album" that was "relaxing, pleasant, easy listening and anything similar that you can think of". Hillier went on to describe Hyman's voice as "amazing and perfectly used".[2]

According to the AllMusic review by Jose F. Promis, "The album never truly realized its full potential, but does include the song that would become one of Hyman's signature tunes, "You Know How to Love Me."[1] The song was never a blockbuster hit, but has grown into a classic, covered by artists such as Lisa Stansfield and Robin S". The album reached number ten on the R&B charts in 1980.[3] The single, "You Know How to Love Me" was a club smash reaching number six on the dance charts.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Reggie Lucas and James Mtume; except where indicated.

Side One:

  1. "You Know How to Love Me" – 7:37
  2. "Some Way" – 5:13
  3. "Under Your Spell" – 4:40
  4. "This Feeling Must Be Love" (William Beard) – 3:48

Side Two:

  1. "But I Love You" (Misha Segal, Morgan Ames) – 3:07
  2. "Heavenly" – 4:33
  3. "Hold On" (Hubert Eaves III, Tawatha Agee) – 4:15
  4. "Give a Little More" (Howard Schneider, Larry Alexander, Phyllis Hyman) – 4:07
  5. "Complete Me" (Brad Catron) – 5:26

CD bonus track[edit]

10. "You're the One" (unknown) – 5:24


  • Phyllis Hyman – lead and backing vocals
  • James Mtume – keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
  • Reggie Lucas – guitar, backing vocals
  • Howard King – drums
  • Ed "Tree" Moore – guitar
  • Basil Fearrington – bass
  • Harry Whitaker, Hubert Eaves III – keyboards
  • Ed Walsh – synthesizer programming
  • Gary Bartz - saxophone on "Give a Little More" and "Complete Me"
  • Gwen Guthrie, Syndi Jordan, Tawatha Agee – backing vocals
  • Wade Marcus – string and horn arrangements
  • Larkin Arnold - executive producer
  • John Ford - cover photography


Year Chart positions[3]
1980 50 10


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1980 "You Know How to Love Me" 12 6
"Under Your Spell" 37


  1. ^ a b "You Know How to Love Me Phyllis Hyman". AllMusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hillier, Bev. "Phylis Hyman: You Know How to Love Me". Smash Hits. No. May 1–14, 1980. p. 29.
  3. ^ a b "Phyllis Hyman US albums chart history". Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Phyllis Hyman US singles chart history". Retrieved June 24, 2011.

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