Don't Look Any Further

Album: Don't Look Any Further (1984)
Charted: 45 72
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  • This song was a modest hit in 1984, but its bassline went big time. That bass groove, played by session man Nathan East, was sampled by Eric B. & Rakim on their 1987 hip-hop landmark "Paid In Full," which lead to many samples and interpolations over the next several years. In the late '80s and early '90s, rhythmic pop songs of many stripes used variations of the bassline, often offset by a trebly beat.
  • In 1968, Dennis Edwards replaced David Ruffin in The Temptations, handling lead vocals on many classics, including "I Can't Get Next To You" and "Cloud Nine." He left the group in 1983 and released his debut solo album, Don't Look Any Further, the following year, with the title track the first single. It was by far his biggest solo hit - his only single to chart on the Hot 100 or UK Singles chart. Edwards returned to The Temptations in 1987, but left in 1989. He later toured as "The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards."
  • The song was written by Franne Golde, Duane Hitchings and Dennis Lambert, and produced by Lambert. It finds the couple looking forward to a romantic interlude, with Edwards letting her know that she need look no further for "a man to take over."
  • The part where Garrett and Edwards sing in another language is a loose translation of "Don't Look Any Further" in Swahili: "Day-o day-o, mombajee ai-o." Lionel Richie did something similar on his 1983 hit "All Night Long (All Night)," where he incorporated some Swahili ("jambo jambo") into the bridge.
  • This song was supposed to be a duet with Chaka Khan, but it was recorded around Christmas and she wasn't able to do it due to logistics. Siedah Garrett got a gig doing demos for the song's writers Franne Golde and Dennis Lambert after she auditioned for Quincy Jones, and she demoed the female vocal on this track, which was meant as a guide for Chaka. When Chaka couldn't make it, Edwards suggested they use the demo, which he thought passed muster. He also listed her on the single and album as a featured vocalist, which gave Garrett some name recognition. Quincy Jones did put her to work, pairing her with Michael Jackson on the #1 duet "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." She had a very successful career as a singer (backing up other artists and recording solo) and a songwriter; she co-wrote Jackson's hit "Man In The Mirror."
  • This was issued on the Gordy label, which was part of Motown Records.
  • "Don't Look Any Further" reached #2 on the R&B chart, held off the top by Cameo's "She's Strange."
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