This was Gloria Estefan's first American #1. The song is about the impossibility of letting go and the emotional upheaval of a dying relationship.
The album Anything For You (Let it Loose in US) was the biggest selling album of the year in Holland, staying at #1 for 22 weeks. It was renamed "Anything For You" after the international success of the single of the same name.
Estefan recorded three versions of this song: all English, all Spanish and Spanglish.
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By 1988, Estefan had been married to Miami Sound Machine founder Emilio Estefan Jr., who started the band under the moniker Miami Latin Boys, for 10 years. Fans wondered how the supposedly happily married singer could write such a heart-rending ballad about love gone wrong. She explained to Billboard in 1988:
"I think that's where the artist uses his creative license. I might have experienced these feelings awhile back or maybe vicariously through somebody else, maybe friends of mine who have gone through a similar thing. I think the artist always writes from within, from the soul, and even if you didn't experience it yourself, you have to feel how would people in this situation feel, and how would they say it. I always try to write very conversationally, and think how would someone want to say it to someone else and then I try to make it more musical."
The song was originally cut with just vocals and piano, but at the last minute the Estefans decided to change things up. With a four-day deadline, Miami Sound Machine's Jorge Casas (bassist) and Clay Ostwald (keyboardist) reworked the track and added guitar, bass, percussion, and horns to the mix.