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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,[1] and recorded in 1987[2] as a duet by the R&B singers Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle.[1] The song was the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6,[1] released the same year,[5] and was also recorded for the Peabo Bryson album Positive,[2] released in 1988,[2] the only album that contains the original version of "Without You". The single was released in November 1987,[1] and peaked at #8 on the Adult Contemporary Tracks,[6] #14 on the R&B chart,[7] #85 on the UK Singles,[8] and #89 on the Billboard Hot 100,[9] between 1987/1988.

"Without You"
Single by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
from the album Positive
B-side "The Higher You Climb"[1]
Released November 1987[1]
Format 7" Single[1]
Recorded 1987[2]
Genre
Length 5:14 (Original full single)[3]
4:30 (Single edited version)[4]
Label Elektra Records[1]
Songwriter(s) Lamont Dozier[1]
Producer(s) Michael J. Powell,[1]
Sir Gant[1]
Peabo Bryson singles chronology
"Catch 22"
(1987) Catch 221987
"Without You"
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"Show and Tell"
(1989) Show and Tell1989
Regina Belle singles chronology
"So Many Tears"
(1987) So Many Tears1987
"Without You"
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"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

"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",[10] the theme of the animated feature film Aladdin.[10]

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[11] and the second was in Spanish,[11] in 1989 and 1990, respectively.[11] Both adaptations received the title "Amor Dividido",[11] and were recorded by the same Brazilian singer.[11] The adaptation in Portuguese was a success in Brazil in 1989.

Contents

Music videoEdit

"Without You" has no official video 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 (Soul Train 1987) on YouTube.

DescriptionEdit

"Without You" was composed by Lamont Dozier[1] to be the love theme in Leonard Part 6,[3] released in the United States on December 18, 1987,[5] and the film starred Bill Cosby in the lead role.[5] That same year, Regina Belle released her first album, All by Myself,[12] but "Without You" was not included on the album.[12] In 2012, All by Myself was remastered on CD[13] and "Without You" was included at the end of the album as a bonus track,[13] however, it was not the original 1987 version, but a "single mix" of the song.[13] "Without You" was not included in any of Belle's other albums, nor in her compilations. Unlike her, Bryson included the song on his album Positive, released in 1988,[2] the only album that contains the original version of "Without You", which was also included in his compilations Anthology, released in 2001,[14] and Bedroom Classics Vol. 2 – Peabo Bryson, released in 2004.[15] On every album that the song is present, it is titled "Without You (Love Theme from Leonard Part 6)",[3] but its title is only "Without You". It was the first of four duets recorded by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, who recorded together "Without You" (in 1987),[3] "I Can't Imagine" (in 1991),[16] "A Whole New World" (in 1992)[10] and "Total Praise" (in 2009).[17]

Track listingEdit

Side Song Length Interpreters Writer/composer Producers Original album Recording year
A-side "Without You"[3] 5:14[3] Peabo Bryson;
Regina Belle[1]
Lamont Dozier[1] Michael J. Powell;
Sir Gant[1]
Positive[2]
(Peabo Bryson album)
1987[1]
B-side "The Higher You Climb"[3] 5:04[3] Peabo Bryson[1] Peabo Bryson[1] Peabo Bryson
(Producer)[1]
Dwight Watkins
(Co-producer)[18]
Quiet Storm[18]
(Peabo Bryson album)
1986[18]

Chart positionsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1987-88) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts)[8] 85
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 8
US R&B Chart (Billboard)[7] 14
US R&B Singles (Cash Box)[19] 15
US The Hot 100 (Billboard)[9] 89

B-sideEdit

The B-side of the original single contains the song "The Higher You Climb",[3] which had been recorded by Bryson only in 1986.[18] It was written and produced by himself,[18] with co-production from Dwight Watkins,[18] and released on his album Quiet Storm in the same year.[18] It was a simple song from their album that was not released as a single.

PersonnelEdit

CreditsEdit

CompaniesEdit

Recorded & Mixed at:

Additional recording at:

Mastered at:

Final NotesEdit

Alternative singleEdit

"Without You" features an alternative version of its single. In this version, "Without You" has edited a smaller duration,[20] with different cover and B-side.[21] The cover of this version contains only the "Without You" (large size) and "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" (small size) titles,[20][21] with a background in dark green and light green letters.[20][21] In this version, "Without You" is only 4:30 long,[20] an edited version of the single, while the original single is 5:14 in duration.[3] The B-side of this alternative version is the song "If Ever You're in My Arms Again",[21] a big hit for Bryson, originally recorded in 1984,[22] and released as a single and included on his album Straight from the Heart the same year.[22] The duration of 4:02[20] was also edited since the original version of the album has a duration of 4:14.[22] 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"[21] 4:30[20]
(Edited version)
Peabo Bryson;
Regina Belle[20]
Lamont Dozier[1] Michael J. Powell;
Sir Gant[1]
Positive[2]
(Peabo Bryson album)
1987[2]
B-side "If Ever You're in My Arms Again"[21] 4:02[20]
(Edited version)
Peabo Bryson[20] Michael Masser;
Tom Snow;
Cynthia Weil[22]
Michael Masser[22] Straight from the Heart[22]
(Peabo Bryson album)
1984[22]

Promotional singleEdit

"Without You" includes a promotional version of their single.[23] This version has only "Without You", on both sides of the single.[23] The A-side contains the edited version of the single, lasting 4:30,[24] launched an alternative version. The B-side has the original full version with 5:14 duration.[24] 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. This track list is as follows:

Side Song Length Interpreters Writer/composer Producers Original album Recording year
A-side "Withou You"[23] 4:30[23]
(Edited version)
Peabo Bryson;
Regina Belle[24]
Lamont Dozier[24] Michael J. Powell;
Sir Gant[24]
Positive[2]
(Peabo Bryson album)
1987[24]
B-side "Withou You"[23] 5:14[23]
(Full version)
Peabo Bryson;
Regina Belle[24]
Lamont Dozier[24] Michael J. Powell;
Sir Gant[24]
Positive[2]
(Peabo Bryson album)
1987[24]

Portuguese versionEdit

In 1989, "Without You" won a Portuguese version in Brazil,[11] recorded by the Brazilian singer Rosana,[11] (today also known as Rosanah Fiengo) titled "Amor Dividido".[11] The version was released on her album Onde o Amor Me Leva in the same year.[11] The Portuguese lyrics were written by the Brazilian composer Cláudio Rabello.[11] "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.[11]

Spanish versionEdit

In 1990, Rosana recorded a special album with songs in English and Spanish,[11] launched in Latin America, entitled Por Donde El Amor Me Lleva.[11] This had another version of "Without You" by Rosana, this time in Spanish,[11] in duet with the Spanish singer Emmanuel.[11] The release was also titled "Amor Dividido",[11] with letters in Spanish, written by the composer Karen Guindi,[11] based on the lyrics in Portuguese, which had been written by the Brazilian composer Claudio Rabello in 1989.[11] This version of "Without You" in Spanish was also included in a singer's album Emmanuel, entitled Vida, also released in 1990.[25] The song credits are Lamont Dozier, version Cláudio Rabello, adaptation Karen Guindi.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u 45cat. "Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – "Without You" (Love Theme From "Leonard Part 6") (1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj Discogs. "Peabo Bryson – Positive (1988)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Discogs. "Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle – "Without You" (Love Theme From "Leonard Part 6") (1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Discogs. "Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle – "Without You" (Love Theme From "Leonard Part 6") (Single Promo 1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Cineplex. "Leonard Part 6 – (December 18, 1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Billboard. "Peabo Bryson – Adult Contemporary Chart". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Billboard. "Peabo Bryson – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ a b The Official UK Charts. "Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – UK Charts". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Billboard. "Peabo Bryson – The Hot 100 Chart". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c Discogs. "Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle – "A Whole New World" ("Aladdin's" Theme) (1992)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Cantoras do Brasil. "Rosana (Rosanah Fiengo)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Discogs. "Regina Belle – All By Myself (1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c Discogs. "Regina Belle – All By Myself (Remastered 2012)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Discogs. "Peabo Bryson – Anthology (2001)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Discogs. "Bedroom Classics (Vol. 2) – Peabo Bryson (2004)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  16. ^ Discogs. "Peabo Bryson – Can You Stop The Rain (1991)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  17. ^ Discogs. "Songs 4 Worship: Soul (2009)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g Discogs. "Peabo Bryson – Quiet Storm (1986)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  19. ^ Cash Box Magazine. "CASH BOX Top R&B Singles" (PDF). Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i Discogs. "Peabo Bryson – Regina Belle – "Without You" / "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" (1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  21. ^ a b c d e f 45cat. "Peabo Bryson – Regina Belle – "Without You" / "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" (1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g Discogs. "Peabo Bryson – Straight From The Heart (1984)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  23. ^ a b c d e f Discogs. "Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle – "Without You" (Love Theme From "Leonard Part 6") (Promo 1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 45cat. "Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle – "Without You" (Love Theme From "Leonard Part 6") (Promo 1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  25. ^ Discogs. "Emmanuel – Vida (1990)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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