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Album: Endless Love SoundtrackReleased: 1981Charted:
This song was from the 1981 film of the same name starring Brooke Shields. The film, which was based on a best-selling novel of the same name, was not very successful, but the song received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and won a Marquee Award in 1982 for Best Original Song.
A duet with Lionel Richie, this was also Diana Ross' last #1 hit in the US. It not only reached #1 on the Pop charts but went to #1 on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.
Diana Ross left Motown Records two months before "Endless Love" was released, signing a $20 million deal with RCA. Motown made the most of what they had recorded from Ross, and included the song on a Diana Ross compilation album called All the Great Hits, which was also released in 1981. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
Richie wrote this song and produced it. Richie told The Sun March 13, 2009, "Letting others in to write for you is scary but also really creative." He added that he recalled when he did it for Diana Ross with this song, "I wasn't sure I could do it. What if they didn't like it? But I was cocky in a way, I told them to trust me. It was a great learning experience for all of us."
In 1994, Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross recorded this for Vandross' album Songs. It became Luther's biggest hit, going to #2 in the US.
The song was rush-recorded in an early morning session in Reno, Nevada, with Richie and Ross meeting briefly before moving on to fulfill other obligations. Richie revealed to The Sun March 18, 2009, that he considers the recording of this song to have been "a disaster." He explained: "I'd not written a duet before but the record company suddenly changed the song to a duet and got Diana Ross in. She arrived at the studio and told me she wants my part. I have to kind of make her part up because I can't sing in that key. What you hear on the record is what happened on the day as it had to go out the next day for the movie."