Missing You

Album: Swept Away (1984)
Charted: 76 10
  • This sentimental ballad, written by Ross' "Endless Love" duet partner Lionel Richie, finds the singer expressing her grief over losing her friend and former Motown labelmate Marvin Gaye, who was shot and killed by his own father in 1984.

    "[The song] actually came out of a conversation that Smokey Robinson and I had one evening about how we were missing Marvin and what he meant to us, as well as to music," Ross recalled. "Then Lionel and I got to talking about how we need to tell people that we love them while they're still alive. Lionel used all this to write that beautiful and special song."
  • This was Ross' sole #1 R&B hit during her tenure at RCA from 1981-1988. Despite returning to Motown, the site of her greatest hits, Ross never reached the top of the chart again. The closest was #3 with "Workin' Overtime" in 1989.
  • The music video was filmed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and features clips of Gaye and other Motown stars who died, including Florence Ballard (one of Ross' fellow Supremes), and Paul Williams of The Temptations.
  • After three weeks at #1, this was displaced on the R&B chart by another Marvin Gaye tribute: "Nightshift" by the Commodores.
  • In 1973, Ross and Gaye released the duets album Diana & Marvin, featuring the crossover hits "You're A Special Part Of Me" and "My Mistake (Was To Love You)."
  • This was sampled on several hip-hop songs, including Master P's "Gangstas Need Love" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Miss U," both from 1997.
  • This was one of several Diana Ross songs that Whitney Houston covered in 1997 for her Classic Whitney: Live from Washington, D.C. concert. Houston dedicated the tune to several famous people who'd recently died, including Princess Diana, The Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac Shakur.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Ralph Casale - Session ProSongwriter Interviews

A top New York studio musician, Ralph played guitar on many '60s hits, including "Lightnin' Strikes," "A Lover's Concerto" and "I Am A Rock."

Joe Elliott of Def LeppardSongwriter Interviews

The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.

Michael Sweet of StryperSongwriter Interviews

Find out how God and Glam Metal go together from the Stryper frontman.

When Rock Belonged To MichelobSong Writing

Michelob commercials generated hits for Eric Clapton, Genesis and Steve Winwood in the '80s, even as some of these rockers were fighting alcoholism.

They Might Be GiantsSongwriter Interviews

Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.