Written by Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde) and '60s R&B singer Chuck Jackson, this ballad was the last in a string of seven consecutive #1 hits for Houston, smashing the 6-hit record held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees.
Wildhorn had been itching to write a song for Houston ever since he heard her duet with Teddy Pendergrass, "Hold Me," four years earlier. When Jackson called him with the song title, the rest came together quickly. "I sat there at the piano," Wildhorn told Billboard, "and in about 40 minutes, 90 percent of the sketch of the song was done. I called (Jackson) back and said, 'You gotta come over here tonight because I think we've got something.'" The duo finished the song that night.