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Endless Love (song)

Endless Love (song)

"Endless Love" is a song originally recorded as a duet between soul singers Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, who wrote the song. In this ballad, the singers declare their "endless love" for one another. It was covered by soul singer Luther Vandross with pop/R&B singer Mariah Carey, and also by country music singer Kenny Rogers.

The song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Party.

The song ranks at #13 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.

About the record

Ross and Richie recorded the song for the Motown label, and it was used as the theme for the film Endless Love starring Brooke Shields. Produced by Richie, it was released as a single from the film's soundtrack in 1981 (see 1981 in music). While the film Endless Love was a failure, the song became the biggest-selling single of the year in the U.S. and landed at number one on Billboard magazine's Pop chart, where it stayed for nine weeks from August 9 to October 10 1981. It also topped the Billboard R&B chart and the Adult Contemporary chart, and landed at number seven in the UK.

The soulful composition became the biggest-selling single of Ross' career, while it was one of several hits for Richie as the 1980s progressed. Ross recorded a solo version of the song for her first RCA Records album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, but the famous version was her last hit on Motown. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Original Song" for Richie, and was the second song with which Ross was involved that was nominated for an Oscar. It also won a 1982 American Music Award for "Favorite Pop/Rock Single".

The song was also used in a parody video starring George W. Bush and Tony Blair. In the video, clips of Bush and Blair are edited to make it look as if they are singing the song to each other, with Bush singing Lionel Richie's lines and Blair singing Diana Ross' lines.

The song was included in Adam Sandler's movie "Happy Gilmore" when Happy and his girlfriend Virginia are ice skating, and the song begins to play. Virginia says to Happy "I thought we were just going to be friends." To which he responds, "Friends listen to Endless Love in the dark."

The song was included as well in the third season of Friends, in which Phoebe walks into Chandler and Joey´s flat, just to find Chandler singing the song and holding Lionel Ritchie´s first album, even though the song is included in his fourth album, Back to Front and also in a special 1981 single.

The song was also one of the most popular Wedding "dedication" songs in the 1980's.

Charts

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Black Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
UK Singles Chart 7

Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey version

{{Infobox Single Name = Endless Love Cover = Endlesslove.jpg Artist = Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey Album = Songs Released = August 29 1994 (U.S.) Format = CD single, CD maxi single, cassette single, cassette maxi single, 7" single Genre = Pop Length = 4:21 Label = Epic Writer = Lionel Richie Producer = Walter Afanasieff Certification = Gold (RIAA, ARIA, RIANZ} Misc = }}

Walter Afanasieff produced Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey's cover of the song for Vandross' Epic Records-released album Songs, and it is known for being Carey's first "high-profile" duet (an earlier duet, "I'll Be There", was with the then-unknown background singer Trey Lorenz). At the 1995 Grammy Awards, the song was nominated in the new category of "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals", losing to "Funny How Time Slips Away" by Al Green and Lyle Lovettrt. Columbia Records later included the song on Carey's compilation album Greatest Hits (2001). It was released as the second single from Songs in 1994. (see 1994 in music)

Recording

Sony Records President Tommy Mottola suggested that Vandross record Songs, an album of cover versions. Featuring Luther's versions of songs like Stephen Stills' "Love The One You're With," Heatwave's "Always And Forever," and Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," the album was shaping up to be a major career accomplishment. To give the album a bigger boost, Mottola's wife, Mariah Carey, came up with the idea to remake "Endless Love" as a duet with her. Lionel Richie and Diana Ross had originally recorded "Endless Love" in 1981, and the song spent nine weeks at #1. Although Luther's album was already set to contain one Lionel Riche composition, "Hello," it was obvious that having the most-popular female singer on the Sony label singing on the album would be a benefit.

Chart performance

"Endless Love" debuted on September 10, 1994 at thirty-one, a better start than the original version had had. The next week it jumped to six and seemed a shoo-in for a number one hit. Unfortunately the song didn't have much staying power. After a single week at two, it was replaced by Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" and started falling off the charts. Still, the song became Luther Vandross' biggest pop hit ever and gave Lionel Richie his first top 10 as a songwriter in seven years. It became Vandross's fifth top ten single and Carey's twelfth. It remained in the top forty for thirteen weeks, and was ranked number fifty-six on the Hot 100 1994 year-end charts. It was also an improvement over Carey's previous single, "Anytime You Need a Friend", which had missed the top ten. It was certified gold by the RIAA.

The song was a success outside the U.S, reaching the top of the chart in New Zealand (for five weeks) and the top five in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Israel and Netherlands. It also reached the top twenty in most of the countries. It was certified gold in Australia by ARIA and in New Zealand by RIANZ.

Music video and other versions

Two videos were released for the single; one features Carey and Vandross recording the song in a studio, and the other shows the two performing the song live at Royal Albert Hall.

Some versions of the song itself were released, in which Carey or Vandross sings solo.

Charts

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles & Tracks 7
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 11
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 2
Austria Singles Chart 13
Canadian Singles Chart 14
French Singles Chart 12
German Singles Chart 14
Irish Singles Chart 4
Israeli Singles Chart 2
Italian Singles Chart 8
Netherlands Singles Chart 4
Norway Singles Chart 6
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Switzerland Singles Chart 6
UK Singles Chart 3

Other cover versions

Kenny Rogers' cover of "Endless Love" was recorded for his album Vote For Love (1996). It also appeared on Always and Forever (1996), which went on to sell over four million copies. His version was not released as a single.

See also

References

2. Video about the song "Endless Love"

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