Missing You (Diana Ross song)


Missing You (Diana Ross song)
"Missing You"
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Swept Away
A-side "Missing You"
B-side "We are the Children of the World"
Released November 16, 1984
Format Vinyl, 7", Single, 45 RPM[1]
Recorded 1984
Genre R&B
Length 4:16
4:01 (7")
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Lionel Richie
Producer Lionel Richie & James Anthony Carmichael
Diana Ross singles chronology
"Touch by Touch"
(1984)
"Missing You"
(1984)
"Telephone"
(1985)

"Missing You" is a 1984 song by Diana Ross. The third 45 release from her album Swept Away, the song was written and produced by Lionel Richie as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who died earlier that year. Ross and Gaye had both been artists at Motown from the early 1960s to the early 1980s, and had also recorded a duets album together called Diana & Marvin (1973).

The music video, directed by Dominic Orlando, was filmed on location at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The video includes tribute clips of former Supremes singer Florence Ballard and also of Paul Williams of The Temptations, both Motown artists who had died in the 1970s.

The song was built during conversations about Gaye shared by Ross and Richie, who came up with a song shortly after the conversations. Released in late 1984, the song became one of Ross' last major hits on the US pop singles chart, peaking at number ten in March 1985. It was also her last song to reach number one on the R&B singles chart.[2]

Chart

Chart (1984) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 10
US Cash Box Top Singles 13
UK Singles Chart 76
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) 4

Samples

Five hip hop acts have sampled "Missing You": Master P on 1997's "Gangstas Need Love"; The Notorious B.I.G. on 1997's "Miss U"; Mullage on 2009's "Trick'n".[3]; Webbie "Missing You" featuring LeToya Luckett; and Infinite's "Gotta Get Mine".

References

Preceded by
"Mr. Telephone Man" by New Edition
Billboard Hot Black Singles number one single
February 23, 1985 - March 9, 1985
Succeeded by
"Nightshift" by The Commodores



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