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Without You (Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle song)

"Without You" is a romantic song written by the American songwriter and music producer Lamont Dozier and recorded in 1987 as a duet by the singers Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. The song was the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, released the same year, and was also recorded for the Peabo Bryson album Positive, released in 1988, the only album that contains the original version of "Without You". The single of the song was released in November 1987 and peaked at #8 on the Adult Contemporary Tracks, #14 on the R&B chart, #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #85 on the UK Singles, between 1987 and 1988.

"Without You"
Single by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
from the album Positive
B-side "The Higher You Climb"
Released November 1987
Format 7" Single
Recorded 1987
Genre
Length 5:14 (Original full single)
4:30 (Single edited version)
Label Elektra Records
Songwriter(s) Lamont Dozier
Producer(s) Michael J. Powell,
Sir Gant
Peabo Bryson singles chronology
"Catch 22"
(1987) Catch 221987
"Without You"
(1987) Without You1987
"Show and Tell"
(1989) Show and Tell1989
Regina Belle singles chronology
"So Many Tears"
(1987) So Many Tears1987
"Without You"
(1987) Without You1987
"How Could You Do It to Me"
(1988) How Could You Do It to Me1988
Music video
"Without You" by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle at the Soul Train on YouTube

In addition to its original English version by Bryson and Belle, "Without You" also received two adaptations in different languages. The first was in Portuguese and the second was in Spanish, in 1989 and 1990, respectively. Both adaptations received the same title, "Amor Dividido", and were recorded by the same Brazilian singer. The adaptation in Portuguese was a success in Brazil in 1989.

"Without You" was the first duet recorded by Bryson and Belle, who recorded four songs together, and was also the first successful duet of the two. Another success the duo came in 1992 with "A Whole New World", the theme of the animated feature film Aladdin.

Contents

DescriptionEdit

"Without You" was composed by Dozier to be the love theme in Leonard Part 6, released in the United States on December 18, 1987, and the film starred Bill Cosby. That same year, Belle released her first album, All by Myself, but "Without You" was not included on the album. In 2012, All by Myself was remastered on CD and "Without You" was included at the end of the album as a bonus track, however, it was not the original 1987 version, but a "single mix" of the song. Unlike her, Bryson included the song on his album Positive, released in 1988, the only album that contains the original version of "Without You", which was also included in his compilations Anthology, released in 2001, and Bedroom Classics Vol. 2 – Peabo Bryson, released in 2004. On every album that the song is present, it is titled "Without You (Love Theme from Leonard Part 6)", but its title is only "Without You". It was the first of four duets recorded by Bryson and Belle, who recorded together "Without You" (in 1987), "I Can't Imagine" (in 1991), "A Whole New World" (in 1992) and "Total Praise" (in 2009).

Track listingEdit

Side Song Length Interpreters Writer/composer Producers Original album Recording year
A-side "Without You" 5:14 Peabo Bryson;
Regina Belle
Lamont Dozier Michael J. Powell;
Sir Gant
Positive
(Peabo Bryson album)
1987
B-side "The Higher You Climb" 5:08 Peabo Bryson Peabo Bryson Peabo Bryson
(Producer)
Dwight Watkins
(Co-producer)
Quiet Storm
(Peabo Bryson album)
1986

Music videoEdit

"Withou You" has no video official clip, only a video with a presentation of Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle in the American musical variety television program Soul Train in 1987, presented by American television show host Don Cornelius. The video can be watched on "Without You" by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle at the Soul Train on YouTube.

B-sideEdit

The B-side of the original single contains the song "The Higher You Climb", which had been recorded by Bryson only in 1986. It was written and produced by himself, with co-production from Dwight Watkins, and released on his album Quiet Storm in the same year. It was a simple song from their album that was not released as a single.

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1987–88) Peak
position
US US 89
US Adult Contemporary 8
US R&B Singles 14
UK Singles Chart 85

PersonnelEdit

CreditsEdit

  • Writer – Lamont Dozier
  • Lead Vocals – Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle
  • Producer – Michael J. Powell, Sir Gant
  • Arranged By [Backing Vocals] – Michael J. Powell, Sir Gant
  • Arranged By [Strings] – George Del Barrio
  • Arranged By [Backing Vocals] – Cindy Mizelle
  • Backing Vocals – Cindy Mizelle, Jim Gilstrap, Bunny Hull, Marva King, Valerie Pinkston-Mayo
  • Guitar – Michael J. Powell
  • Piano Acoustic – Sir Gant
  • Bass – Anthony Jackson
  • Drums – Steve Ferrone
  • Engineer – Barney Perkins
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Andrew Spiegelman, Elliott Peters, Gerard Smerek, Milton Chan
  • Synthesizer [Synclavier] – Sir Gant
  • Programmed By [Synclavier] – Gary Barlough
  • Recorded By – Barney Perkins
  • Recorded By [Additional] – Keith Seppanen
  • Mixed By – Barney Perkins

CompaniesEdit

Recorded & Mixed at:

  • Yamaha R&D Studio

Additional recording at:

Mastered at:

NotesEdit

Alternative singleEdit

"Without You" features an alternative version of its single. In this version, "Without You" has edited a smaller duration, with different cover and B-side. The cover of this version contains only the "Without You" (large size) and "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" (small size) titles, with a background in dark green and light green letters. In this version, "Without You" is only 4:30 long, an edited version of the single, while the original single is 5:14 in duration. The B-side of this alternative version is the song "If Ever You're in My Arms Again", a big hit for Bryson, originally recorded in 1984, and released as a single and included on his album Straight from the Heart the same year. The duration of 4:02 was also edited since the original version of the album has a duration of 4:12. The track list of this alternative single of "Without You" is as follows:

Side Song Length Interpreters Writer/composer Producers Original album Recording year
A-side "Withou You" 4:30
(Edited version)
Peabo Bryson;
Regina Belle
Lamont Dozier Michael J. Powell;
Sir Gant
Positive
(Peabo Bryson album)
1987
B-side "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" 4:02
(Edited version)
Peabo Bryson Michael Masser;
Tom Snow;
Cynthia Weil
Michael Masser Straight from the Heart
(Peabo Bryson album)
1984

Promotional singleEdit

"Without You" includes a promotional version of their single. This version has only "Without You", on both sides of the single. The A-side contains the edited version of the single, lasting 4:30, launched an alternative version. The B-side has the full version released on the album Positive with 5:12 duration (only two seconds less than the original single). The cover of this version is also different, in red and black colors, the design of a phonograph needle on black over red background and the name "ELEKTRA" in big letters in white on black background. The track list of this promotional single of "Withou You" is as follows:

Side Song Length Interpreters Writer/composer Producers Original album Recording year
A-side "Withou You" 4:30
(Edited version)
Peabo Bryson;
Regina Belle
Lamont Dozier Michael J. Powell;
Sir Gant
Positive
(Peabo Bryson album)
1987
B-side "Withou You" 5:12
(Album version)
Peabo Bryson;
Regina Belle
Lamont Dozier Michael J. Powell;
Sir Gant
Positive
(Peabo Bryson album)
1987

Portuguese versionEdit

In 1989, "Without You" a Portuguese version was released in Brazil, recorded by the Brazilian singer Rosana (today also known as Rosanah Fiengo) titled "Amor Dividido". The version was released on her album Onde o Amor Me Leva in the same year. The Portuguese lyrics were written by the Brazilian composer Cláudio Rabello. "Amor Dividido" had an official video and it was a big hit in Brazil in 1989, long run on radio and Rosana leading to many TV shows. The song credits are Lamont Dozier, version Cláudio Rabello.

Spanish versionEdit

In 1990, Rosana recorded a special album with songs in English and Spanish, launched in Latin America, entitled Por Donde El Amor Me Lleva. This had another version of "Without You" by Rosana, this time in Spanish, in duet with the Spanish singer Emmanuel. The release was also titled "Amor Dividido" with letters in Spanish, written by the composer Karen Guindi, based on the lyrics in Portuguese, which had been written by the Brazilian composer Claudio Rabello in 1989. This version of "Without You" in Spanish was also included in a singer's album Emmanuel, entitled Vida, also released in 1990. The song credits are Lamont Dozier, version Cláudio Rabello, adaptation Karen Guindi.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

All information about "Without You" contained in this article is from the images of the cover, back and discs of the singles, found in sites 45cat, CD and LP, eBay and Amazon.com.