After many years of performing under the banner of Miami Sound Machine, this was the first single released by Gloria Estefan under her own name only. The shift of focus was because she was the only member of the original line-up left after the band's leader and her husband Emilio pulled out to produce.
The adult contemporary soft-pop song was the first solo #1 single for Gloria Estefan. Her previous chart-topper, "Anything For You," was performed with Miami Sound Machine. Estefan penned the song herself.
Estefan also recorded a Spanish version of the song, "Si Voy a Perderte," which reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart and a Portuguese version, "Se Tenho que Perder" that was released as a single in Brazil.
Estefan earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance regarding this song, but lost against Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time."
The song was performed in 'The Spanish Teacher' episode of Glee, which was broadcast on February 7, 2012.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 2nd 1989, "Don't Wanna Lose You" by Gloria Estefan entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #55; and on September 10th, 1989 it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 16 weeks it was on the Top 10)... She had two more records reach #1 on the Top 100; "Anything For You" (in 1988 with the Miami Sound Machine) and "Coming Out of the Dark" (in 1991)... Ms. Estefan, born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García, will celebrate her 57th birthday in two months on September 1st, 2014.