Friday, March 22, 2013

"I Never Knew Love Like This Before" by Stephanie Mills

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Grammy Alert!
Song#:  0289
Date:  08/09/1980
Debut:  83
Peak:  6
Weeks:  25
Genre:  Pop, R&B



Pop Bits:  Mills just came off of a middling chart entry (#52) with the title track to her "Sweet Sensation" LP when this follow-up second single was released. It proved to be her biggest pop hit and her most recognizable tune. Oddly, the song only reached #12 on the R&B chart where "Sweet Sensation" was the bigger R&B hit peaking at #3. Although she would go on to have a few more minor pop chart entries, it would be the R&B arena that would give her five #1 hits in the mid-to-late 80s.

ReduxReview:  This is just a smooth, easy, and sweet tune perfectly produced and sung. Is it brilliant? No. But how can anyone not like this song?

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song won two Grammy awards in 1981. One for Best R&B Song (going to songwriters James Mtume and Reggie Lucas) and one for Mills herself for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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