Never, Never Gonna Give You Up


Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
"Never, Never Gonna Give You Up"
Single by Barry White
from the album Stone Gon'
Released June 1973
Format Single
Genre Soul
Length 4:07 (45 version)
7:59 (LP version)
Label 20th Century Records
Writer(s) Barry White
Producer Barry White
Barry White singles chronology
"I've Got So Much to Give"
(1973)
"Never, Never Gonna Give You Up"
(1974)
"Honey Please, Can't Ya See?"
(1974)
"Never, Never Gonna Give You Up"
Single by Lisa Stansfield
from the album Lisa Stansfield
Released June 1997
Format CD single
Genre Disco, R&B
Length 5:01
Label BMG / Arista
Writer(s) Barry White
Producer Ian Devaney
Lisa Stansfield singles chronology
"The Real Thing"
(1997)
"Never, Never Gonna Give You Up"
(1997)
"The Line"
(1997)

"Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" is a song written and recorded by Barry White. Released as a single from his 1973 album Stone Gon', it was a #7 hit in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[1] and reached #14 on the UK singles chart. It was White's second single to be released in the UK, following "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby".

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Cover versions

Lisa Stansfield covered "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" in 1997, on her eponymous fourth album. Her version reached #25 on the UK Singles Chart, #74 on the Billboard Hot 100, #38 on the US R&B chart and spent a week atop the US Dance chart, the singer fifth #1 on this chart.[2] The CD single release of Stanfield's cover version also included many remixes of the song, two of which were also contained in a remix album released as a companion to her previously-mentioned eponymous album, Lisa Stansfield - The Remix Album.

The tune was also covered by the band Cake for the soundtrack of the 1997 film An American Werewolf in Paris, a recording which was also included on the band's 2007 album B-Sides and Rarities.

An instrumental version of "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" appears on jazz musician Peter White's (no relation to Barry) 1994 album Reflections, where it is titled simply "Never Gonna Give You Up" (not to be confused with the Rick Astley song of the same name).[3]

On an episode of The Steve Harvey Show, Steve shows up at Regina's doorstep (in pajamas) to serenade her with "Never Never Gonna Give You Up" to get back into her good graces. (Unfortunately, so is her pastor, who makes Steve leave.)


In 2008, urban jazz\contemporary jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale covered the song from his album (alongside with saxophonist Darren Rahn) Rebound (2008). The song features country musician Toby Keith on vocals.[4][5][6]

Usage

The track can be heard in the 1995 social drama film Dead Presidents in a mid 70's era bar as the film's protagonist, unable to adjust to the real world after his service in Vietnam, reveals his desperate plan for a heist job. In the 1996 crime-drama film Bullet it is heard when Butch, his brother and Lester are driving in their convertible after shooting up. The song is also heard during a romantic scene between Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston in 2003 Bruce Almighty film.

See also

Preceded by
"Honey" by Mariah Carey
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (Lisa Stansfield version)
October 25, 1997
Succeeded by
"So in Love with You" by Duke

References


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