Saving All My Love for You

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"Saving All My Love for You"
Single by Whitney Houston
from the album Whitney Houston
B-side"Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"
ReleasedAugust 13, 1985
FormatCD single, cassette single, 7" single
Recorded1984
GenreSoul, R&B, jazz, adult contemporary
Length3:57
LabelArista
Writer(s)Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin
Producer(s)Michael Masser, Clive Davis
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"All at Once"
(1985)
"Saving All My Love for You"
(1985)
"How Will I Know"
(1985)
Music video
"Saving All My Love For You" on YouTube
Whitney Houston track listing
"Someone for Me"
(3)
"Saving All My Love for You"
(4)
"Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"
(5)
 
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"Saving All My Love for You"
Single by Whitney Houston
from the album Whitney Houston
B-side"Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"
ReleasedAugust 13, 1985
FormatCD single, cassette single, 7" single
Recorded1984
GenreSoul, R&B, jazz, adult contemporary
Length3:57
LabelArista
Writer(s)Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin
Producer(s)Michael Masser, Clive Davis
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"All at Once"
(1985)
"Saving All My Love for You"
(1985)
"How Will I Know"
(1985)
Music video
"Saving All My Love For You" on YouTube
Whitney Houston track listing
"Someone for Me"
(3)
"Saving All My Love for You"
(4)
"Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"
(5)

"Saving All My Love for You" is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin with arrangement by Gene Page. It was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 on their album Marilyn & Billy (although Davis’ voice was not heard on their version).

This article focuses primarily on the cover version by Whitney Houston, when the song was recorded by the American recording artist for her debut album, self-titled Whitney Houston, which was released in February 1985, by Arista Records. The song was the second hit single from her self-titled debut album. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100, being her first number one on the charts. The song also went to number one in the UK and Ireland, and was her first song to chart in these countries. The song has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Song information[edit]

This jazzy ballad is about a love affair with a married man, and the singer is saving all her love for him.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Stuart Orme, was filmed in London, and features Houston singing and recording with her married music producer, and falling in love with him along the way.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic senior editor Spethen Thomas Erlewine wrote that this ballad burns "slowly and seductively."[1] Whitney Houston fanpage wrote that: "The arrangements frequently border on formulaic, but such ballad as Saving All My Love is one of the loveliest pop singing on vinyl since the glory days of Dionne Warwick."[2] LA Times praised the vocal performance "her vocal on "Saving All My Love" should mean a cinch Grammy nomination."[3] Vibe magazine called this song "Goliath."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Released in 1985, Whitney's version of "Saving All My Love for You" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 53, jumping to No. 39 the following week (August 24), and reaching the Top 10 five weeks later. The single reached the No. 1 spot the week of October 26, 1985, and would became the first of seven record-setting consecutive number-one singles in the United States for Houston; a record that still holds. The single eventually spent fifteen weeks in the top forty. The song also became a global hit, hitting No. 1 or the Top 10 in various countries around the world. It also hit No. 1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[5] It ranked No. 5 on Billboard year-end top black singles chart.[6] In the UK the song hit No. 1 in December 1985 for two weeks. The single went on to become one of the top 25 best-selling singles of 1985 in the UK, and has since sold 740,000 copies.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Houston won the 1986 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and the American Music Award for Favorite R&B/Soul Video for "Saving All My Love for You".

Track listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Separate Lives" by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
December 21, 1985
Succeeded by
"Thank You Very Much Mr Eastwood" by Dermot Morgan
Preceded by
"I'm Your Man" by Wham!
UK Singles Chart number-one single
14 December 1985 – 21 December 1985
Succeeded by
"Merry Christmas Everyone" by Shakin' Stevens
Preceded by
"Take on Me" by a-ha
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 26, 1985
Succeeded by
"Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder
Preceded by
"Cherish" by Kool & the Gang
U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles number-one single
October 5, 1985 – October 19, 1985
Succeeded by
"Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder
Preceded by
"Freeway of Love" by Aretha Franklin
U.S. Black Singles number-one single
September 7, 1985
Succeeded by
"Cherish" by Kool & the Gang

See also[edit]

In pop culture[edit]

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/whitney-houston-mw0000650265
  2. ^ http://www.whitney-fan.com/music/reviews/1/17
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1985-12-08/entertainment/ca-14548_1_gritty-vocals
  4. ^ http://books.google.ba/books?id=nCYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA106&dq=&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 263. 
  6. ^ "Billboard's Ratings of 1985's Top Pop Music Artists" San Francisco Chronicle. Jan 1 1986. Pg 48
  7. ^ "The Official UK Countdowns – Whitney Houston Official Top 20". MTV (UK and Ireland). Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ a b "Nederlandse Top 40 – Whitney Houston search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement?page=6
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You". VG-lista.
  15. ^ a b "Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love for You – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ a b "Whitney Houston" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Whitney Houston.
  18. ^ "Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Whitney Houston.
  19. ^ "Whitney Houston Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Whitney Houston.
  20. ^ Kent, David (2003). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  21. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: February 12, 2012 to February 18, 2012)". Gaon Chart. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Year-end Charts – Top Black Singles of 1985". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 31, 1985. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Year-end Charts – Top Pop Singles of 1985". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 31, 1985. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Hitparade.ch - Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1986". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  25. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved December 5, 2008)
  26. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved December 5, 2008)
  27. ^ ""My Love Is Your Love" single; triple platinum worldwide". Billboard. November 20, 1999. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  28. ^ The 100 Greatest Love Songs According To The NY Daily News - Stereogum

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