Lovin' You

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"Lovin' You"
Perfect Angel (c)1974.jpg
Single by Minnie Riperton
from the album Perfect Angel
B-side "The Edge of a Dream"
ReleasedJanuary 14, 1975
Format 7" single
Studio Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA [1]
  • 3:20 (radio edit) [4]
  • 3:58 (album version) [5]
Label Epic 32561
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder and Richard Rudolph (as Scorbu Productions) [1]
Minnie Riperton singles chronology
"Seeing You This Way"
"Lovin' You"
"Inside My Love"
Music video
"Lovin' You" on YouTube

"Lovin' You" is a song recorded by American singer Minnie Riperton from her second studio album Perfect Angel (1974). It was written by Riperton and Richard Rudolph, produced by Rudolph and Stevie Wonder, and released as the album's fourth single on January 14, 1975.

Minnie Riperton American singer-songwriter

Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph, known professionally as Minnie Riperton, was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You" and her four-octave coloratura soprano. She is also widely known for her use of the whistle register and has been referred to by the media as the "Queen of the whistle register". Born in 1947, Riperton grew up in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group the Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971.

<i>Perfect Angel</i> 1974 studio album by Minnie Riperton

Perfect Angel is the second studio album by American singer Minnie Riperton, released in 1974 by Epic Records. The album contains the biggest hit of Riperton's career, "Lovin' You", which topped the U.S. Pop Singles chart for one week in early April 1975.

Richard James Rudolph is an American songwriter, musician, music publisher, and producer.


The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on April 5, 1975. Additionally, it reached number two on the UK Singles chart, and number three on the Billboard R&B chart. In the US, it ranked number 13 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1975.

The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs and albums in the United States and elsewhere. The results are published in Billboard magazine. Billboard biz, the online extension of the Billboard charts, provides additional weekly charts. There are also Year End charts. The charts may be dedicated to specific genre such as R&B, country or rock, or they may cover all genres. The charts can be ranked according to sales, streams or airplay, and for main song charts such as the Hot 100 song chart, all three pools of data are used to compile the charts. For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales.

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart ranks the most popular R&B and hip hop songs in the United States and is published weekly by Billboard. Rankings are based on a measure of radio airplay, sales data, and streaming activity. The chart had 100 positions but was shortened to 50 positions in October 2012.

On April 8, 1975, "Lovin' You" was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA for sales in excess of 1,000,000 units. [6] It was also certified Silver in the UK by BPI on May 1, 1975 for sales of 250,000 units. [7]

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British Phonographic Industry organization

The BPI Limited, commonly known as the British Phonographic Industry or BPI, is the British recorded music industry's trade association.


Richard Rudolph began composing "Lovin' You" in 1971, while he and Riperton were living in Chicago. The couple later moved to Florida, where work on the song continued after their daughter Maya was born in 1972. Riperton developed the final melody, while Rudolph wrote the lyrics and the bridge. [1]

Maya Rudolph American comedic actress

Maya Khabira Rudolph is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, and singer. Rudolph first gained prominence in the mid-1990s as a member of the alternative rock band The Rentals before joining The Groundlings improv troupe later in the decade. In 2000, Rudolph became a cast member on the NBC television series Saturday Night Live and subsequently appeared in supporting roles in films such as 50 First Dates (2004) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006).

Riperton was offered a contract with Epic Records a few years later, and the couple moved to Los Angeles to record the album Perfect Angel. When Epic asked Riperton whom she wanted to produce the album, she named Stevie Wonder. Wonder, then at the height of his popularity, was a fan of Riperton's work, and agreed to the collaboration. [1]

Epic Records American record label

Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc., the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953, but later expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, and hip hop. Epic Records has released music by artists including Glenn Miller, Tammy Wynette, George Michael, The Yardbirds, Donovan, Shakin Stevens, Europe, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent, Shakira, Sly & the Family Stone, The Hollies, Celine Dion, ABBA, Culture Club, Boston, Dave Clark Five, Gloria Estefan, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Michael Jackson. Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.

Stevie Wonder American musician

Stevland Hardaway Morris, better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

However, Wonder was signed to Motown Records; so in order to avoid contract conflicts he was credited under the pseudonym "El Toro Negro", Spanish for "Black Bull", as Wonder's astrological sign is Taurus. [8] [9] For the same reason, Wonder only agreed to be a producer for the project as co-producer along with Rudolph, resulting in the production company Scorbu Productions being created specifically for the project. [1]

Motown Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. It was originally founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records on January 12, 1959, and was incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960. Its name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has become a nickname for Detroit, where the label was originally headquartered.

A pseudonym or alias is a name that a person or group assumes for a particular purpose, which can differ from their first or true name (orthonym).

Astrology Pseudoscience to use astronomical events and stellar constellations in relation to earthly conditions

Astrology is a pseudoscience that claims to divine information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects. Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, and has its roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications. Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and some—such as the Hindus, Chinese, and the Maya—developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations. Western astrology, one of the oldest astrological systems still in use, can trace its roots to 19th–17th century BCE Mesopotamia, from which it spread to Ancient Greece, Rome, the Arab world and eventually Central and Western Europe. Contemporary Western astrology is often associated with systems of horoscopes that purport to explain aspects of a person's personality and predict significant events in their lives based on the positions of celestial objects; the majority of professional astrologers rely on such systems.


"Lovin' You" was originally published in the key of A major in common time with a tempo of 72 beats per minute. Riperton's vocals span from C#4 to F#5. [10] [11]

According to the liner notes from Riperton's compilation album Petals , the melody for "Lovin' You" was created to be a distraction for her baby daughter (Maya Rudolph) so that Minnie and her husband Richard could hang out. Maya was in the studio with Riperton on the day it was recorded and Riperton can be heard singing her daughter's name at the end, but only in the unedited or album version. The song fades out early in the radio edit because the disc jockeys felt that the repeated "Maya" was being overdone and that it would be misunderstood as a religious chant. [12]


As with the rest of the album, the keyboard backing is played by Stevie Wonder. [8] [13] Riperton's co-writer and husband, Richard Rudolph, played acoustic guitar for the track. [1] [8]

"Lovin' You" was among the first of several songs to top the US Billboard pop chart without the help of a percussion instrument. [14] Prior examples of percussion-less Number Ones were Jim Croce – "Time in a Bottle" (1973), The Beatles – "Yesterday" (1965), and on the UK Singles Chart, The Beatles – "Eleanor Rigby" (1966).

The song is especially known for Riperton's use of the high whistle register in the song's bridge, and for the chirping songbirds heard throughout. [13] Riperton stated that during the recording of the song's demo, the bird chirping was recorded accidentally. She said that it was kept in the song since it "seemed to work", and was included on the song's final version. [9]


Rudolph and Riperton wanted Epic to release "Lovin' You" as a single, after seeing the song's effect on people while on tour to promote the album. Rudolph recalled: "We found ourselves performing in Portland one night during a huge blizzard. We look around and see that people are putting their arms around each other and having a great time as we're playing ‘Lovin' You.’". Epic initially refused, because they had planned to market Riperton as an R&B singer. However, Rudolph and Riperton prevailed, rejecting the R&B label and insisting that "[Riperton is] a singer, period". [1]

The song was released on January 14, 1975 as the fourth single from Perfect Angel. [7] It went on to become the album's most successful track, and Riperton's biggest hit. [5]

Chart performance

In the US, "Lovin' You" made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 18, 1975; twelve weeks later, on April 5, 1975, it peaked at number one. The song remained on the Hot 100 for a total of eighteen weeks. [15] Ten weeks after entering the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, the song peaked at number four, on March 29, 1975, spending a total of fourteen weeks on the chart. [16] Ten weeks after entering the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the song peaked at number three, on March 29, 1975. It remained on the R&B chart for a total of seventeen weeks. [17]

Critical reception

Track listings

7" Single (1974) Epic 3121 [4]

  1. "Lovin' You" – 3:20
  2. "The Edge Of A Dream" – 3:34

7" Single (1987) BR 45216 [Netherlands] [4]

  1. "Lovin' You" – 3:20
  2. "Skylark - Wildflower" – 3:14


Other releases

On December 1, 2017, Universal Music Enterprises released Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition to commemorate Riperton's 70th birthday. The album was released as a two-CD set, in both standard digital as well as high-resolution 96k/24-bit audio formats. The deluxe edition contained two alternate versions of "Lovin' You" in addition to the original. The first was a 7-inch single version that contained an Arp string synth overdub, [9] as well as a countdown by Rudolph that was not present on the original version. The second version included backing by Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove band, whereas the "hit single" version had included only Riperton, Rudolph, and Wonder on vocals, guitar, and keyboards, respectively. [8]

The Orb version

"A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld"
Single by The Orb
from the album The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
ReleasedNovember 1989
RecordedOctober 15, 1989
Genre Ambient house [37]
Producer(s) The Orb

In 1989, English electronic music group The Orb released the song, "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld (Loving You)", as a single on their own label WAU! Mr. Modo Records. [38] It was later released by Big Life on the band's debut album, The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (1991). [39]

The single version was recorded live at Cortina D'Ampezzo on October 15, 1989 and released in November 1989; [38] [40] it managed to reach number 78 on the UK Singles Chart despite being almost 20 minutes in length. [41] "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain..." consisted of various sound effects that were built around, and formed an ambient backdrop for, musical samples of Minnie Ripertons's "Lovin' You". [42] The song is considered to be a definitive example of ambient house. [43] [44]

The initial single release was subtitled "Loving You", [38] and contained samples taken directly from Riperton's recording. [40] However, The Orb had not licensed the samples they had used of Riperton's vocals, and were forced to remove them. The single was reissued using vocals from a similar-sounding singer, so that only the copies from the single's first-week release contained Riperton's vocal samples; as a result, these copies are considered valuable. [37]

Sal Cinquemani of Slant called the song "epic" and "the definitive ambient house track". He noted the "elegant tapestry of babbling brooks, crashing waves, crickets, chants, roosters, church bells, and various other modes of white noise" that was created to form a musical backdrop for the sample of Riperton's "Lovin' You". [43] Brian Boyd of The Irish Times described the song as a breakthrough and landmark moment, which "went on to influence many a band, but none who could ever come near their idiosyncratic capabilities". [37]

Within a week of the single's release, The Orb was invited by John Peel to record a live version of the song at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios (Studio 3) on December 3, 1989. [40] [45] Peel, the legendary DJ of BBC Radio 1, broadcast the live version on December 19, 1989, giving both the band and the song exposure to a much wider audience. [40] [46] [42] The version that was played live on BBC Radio 1 included samples of Riperton's voice, [40] and was ranked at number 10 on John Peel's year-end Festive Fifty for 1990, listed as "Loving You (Session)". [47]

Track listing

12" (1989) WAU! Mr.Modo MWS 017T [UK] [38]

  1. "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain... – Loving You" (Orbital Mix) – 19:17
  2. "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain..." (Bucket and Spade Mix) – 5:47
  3. "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain..." (Why Is Six Scared of Seven?) – 5:26

Weekly charts

Chart (1990)Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [48] 78

Shanice version

"Lovin' You"
Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
ReleasedAugust 11, 1992
Label Motown
  • Minnie Riperton
  • Richard Rudolph
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden
Shanice singles chronology
"Silent Prayer"
"Lovin' You"
"Saving Forever for You"

American R&B singer Shanice recorded a cover of "Lovin' You" for her second studio album, Inner Child (1991). The song was produced by Narada Michael Walden and released by Motown as the album's fourth single on August 11, 1992. [49] [50] It reached number 59 on the US Billboard R&B chart, and peaked at number 54 on the UK Singles chart. A remake of Shanice's original cover was also included on her album Every Woman Dreams (2006). [51] [52]

Shanice's five-octave vocal range, [53] as well as her "rare coloratura soprano" abilities, were showcased by her cover of "Lovin' You". [54] Tim Greggs of Allmusic was impressed with Shanice's voice, and compared her vocal abilities to that of Mariah Carey and Minnie Riperton. Greggs felt that her version of Riperton's song was "somewhat" comparable to the original. [55] People described the cover as "cherubic", [56] while Wilson & Alroy's felt it was lacking adequate emotion, though they noted that Shanice was able to handle the technical difficulties of the song. [52]

Track listings

CD single (1992) Motown 860 071-2 [50]

  1. "Lovin' You" (Single Version) – 4:01
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone Single Remix) – 3:50
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone Club Remix) – 4:21
  4. "Lovin' You" (Instrumental) – 3:50


Chart (1992)Peak
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ( Billboard ) [57] 59
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [58] 54


Other cover versions

"Lovin' You" has been covered by recording artists around the world working in a variety of genres including reggae, pop, rock, electronica, indie rock, R&B, soul, and hip hop.

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