This was #1 for four weeks throughout December 1990 in the States. Despite this, the song's video received little airplay. It was the first #1 hit for LMR, a small New York-based label.
Florida native Stevie B (real name Steven Bernard Hill of Cuban descent) was a leading exponent of the Latin freestyle music scene. He enjoyed eight American Top 40 hits but this was his sole chart entry in the UK. Unusually for a 1980s dance artist, Stevie wrote and produced his own music.
Freestyle music was a form of electronic music that utilized Latin rhythms and melodies. In the late '80s and early '90s Freestyle was the most popular musical genre for young English speaking Latinos in Florida and New York. Other popular Freestyle artists included Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam and Expose. In the early '90s many of these artists, under pressure from their record labels, started recording adult-contemporary ballads to achieve greater commercial success, "Because I Love You" being a prime example.
This is a rare song with a subtitle that appears just once in the verse section of the lyrics. The opening line, "I got your letter from the postman just the other day" proved to be a powerful phrase for this song about a man trying desperately to hold on to his girl. The song became better known as "The Postman Song" instead of the more common title "Because I Love You."
The song was penned by Stevie B's friend, Warren Allen Brooks. He first heard Brooks perform the tune in 1985 and immediately spotted its hit potential. Brooks also wrote another of Stevie B's Top 20 singles, "Love & Emotion."