Home (The Wiz song)

"Home" is a song from the 1975 Broadway musical, The Wiz. It was written by Charlie Smalls and was performed by Stephanie Mills in the stage production and by Diana Ross in the 1978 film adaptation and released on the soundtrack album in 1978.

"Home"
Single by Stephanie Mills
from the album Home
B-side"Love Hasn't Been Easy on Me"
Released1989
(U.S.)
Genre
Length5:20
LabelMCA
Songwriter(s)Charlie Smalls
Producer(s)Nick Martinelli
Stephanie Mills singles chronology
"Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)"
(1989)
"Home"
(1989)
"Comfort of a Man"
(1990)

1989 recordingEdit

Stephanie Mills re-recorded the song for her 1989 album of the same name with background vocals by Take 6. The single release scored her another number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. The single was the last of five number ones for Mills on the R&B Singles chart.[1]

Track listingEdit

US 7" 45 RPM Single[2]

A1. "Home" - 4:34

B1. "Love Hasn't Been Easy on Me" - 4:44

ChartsEdit

Chart (1989) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 1

PersonnelEdit

  • Arranged by Donald Lawrence, Donald Robinson, Nick Martinelli, Stephanie Mills
  • Background arrangement – Mervyn Warren
  • Strings and horns arrangement – The Brothers Kerber
  • Backing vocals – Take 6
  • Bass – Douglas Grigsby
  • Drums, percussion, emulator, synthesizer – Jim Salamone
  • Electric piano, synthesizer – Curtis Dowd
  • Assistant engineer – John Sullivan, Sal Viarelli
  • Guitar – Randy Bowland
  • Keyboards – Donald Robinson
  • Producer – Nick Martinelli
  • Recorded by Bruce Weeden
  • Written by Charlie Smalls

Cover versionsEdit

In popular cultureEdit

  • An 11-year-old Jazmine Sullivan sang the show at her elementary school performance of The Wiz in 1999. The home video clip posted on YouTube has had over one million views.
  • In 2010, the song was used in an episode of Glee's first season called "Home", sung by Kristin Chenoweth.
  • In 2015, Shanice Williams performed this song live in the Broadway/television adaptation of both the film and Broadway version of The Wiz.
  • Gladys Knight performed the songs at a BET 85th Birthday Celebration Tribute to Quincy Jones in 2018.
  • In 2018, MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter, as their characters Blanca Evangelista and Pray Tell, respectively, sang the song as a duet in the episode "Love Is The Message" of the television series Pose.
  • In 2019, Glennis Grace performed the song in a concert event Whitney: A Tribute by Glennis Grace (Live In Concert) in Rotterdam Ahoy (The Netherlands) and Lotto Arena (Belgium) with her tribute to Whitney Houston.
  • In 2020, Johnny Manuel performed the song in the blind auditions of The Voice Australia Season 9 giving Manuel a four chair turn but Kelly Rowland was blocked from being chosen to be given a chance coach Manuel.

SamplesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 402.
  2. ^ "Stephanie Mills - Home (7" Single) US 12" 45 RPM" Discogs.com