Love Hangover

Love Hangover

Infobox Single
Name = Love Hangover

Artist = Diana Ross
from Album = Diana Ross
B-side = "Kiss Me Now"
Released = March 16 1976
Format = 7", 12"
Genre = Soul, disco
Length = 7:49 (full version)
3:40 (single edit)
10:20 (Disconet re-edit)
Label = Motown
Writer = Marilyn McLeod, Pamela Sawyer
Producer = Hal Davis
Last single = "I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)"
This single = "Love Hangover"
Next single = "One Love In My Lifetime"
"Love Hangover" was a single for Motown singer Diana Ross, released in 1976. It rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts simultaneously.

Written by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod, the song had been originally recorded by Sylvester James. While Sylvester's version was becoming an underground club smash, the song was given to The Fifth Dimension as a disco number. The Motown staff believed that it would be perfect for Ross to record. Ross, like her soul contemporaries Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, initially resented the new musical movement but eventually agreed to record the song.

Davis instructed the song's engineer Russ Terrana to install a strobe light so that Ross could be in the "disco" mindset. [ [ Allmusic song review] ] As the song changed from ballad to uptempo, Ross became more comfortable with the material; she hummed, sang bit parts, laughed, danced around and even imitated Billie Holiday. [Fred Bronson, [ "Love Hangover" in "Billboard Book of Number One Hits," 1988] ] The carefree and sensual nature of Ross' vocals and the music's direction helped to sell the song.

When The Fifth Dimension and Ross both released the tune simultaneously, Ross's version charted higher. By the time "Love Hangover" went to number one, Ross had reinvented herself as a disco diva and the Fifth Dimension's version had peaked at number 80. It won Ross a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.

Motown released versions of Ross's version in 1988 (remixed by the British team PWL) and 1993 (remixed by Frankie Knuckles for the album "" and by Joey Negro for a single).

Other versions

In addition to being covered by the Fifth Dimension, the song was also released as a single by the Associates, a British New-wave band. It reached #21 on the UK chart in 1982.

British soul singer Pauline Henry (former lead vocalist of "The Chimes") recorded a contemporary version of the track in 1995 (released as a single); singer Jody Watley recorded a downtempo version for her 2006 album, The Makeover; while Australian singer-songwriter Tina Arena recorded a version in 2007 for her album "Songs of Love & Loss".

Mariah Carey performed the song in a concert tribute to Diana Ross (2000), and Stephanie Edwards sang it on the sixth season of "American Idol".

The song would become part of the hip-hop lexicon via sampling by Will Smith, Monica, Janet Jackson and Emily King, who made use of it for her 2007 debut album, East Side Story, in the song "Walk in My Shoes".


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