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Album: Blue Lights in the BasementReleased: 1977Charted:
In 1972, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, who were good friends from their days at Howard University, recorded an album of duets containing the hit "Where Is The Love
." Five years later, they reunited for this track, which is a much happier tale of a couple falling in love.
This song was not conceived as a duet. It was written by Reggie Lucas and James Mtume, who were members of Flack's touring band and played on Blue Lights in the Basement. They wrote the song between tours, and during the sessions for the album brought the song to Flack's producer Joe Ferla, who played it for Flack. Her manager David Franklin also worked with Hathaway, and decided to bring him in and turn the song into a duet. Hathaway suffered from severe bouts of depression, and hadn't worked with Flack in years. He was hospitalized at the time, and the producers had to get permission from the hospital to fly him out and come to the sessions. Hathaway died in 1979 of an apparent suicide.
Tom Jones recorded this with Stephanie Mills for his 1997 album I Need Your Lovin'
. It was also recorded by Luther Vandross and Beyoncé for Luther's 2003 album Dance with My Father
Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan sing this in the 2007 movie Rush Hour 3, with Tucker doing Roberta Flack's part.