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All The Man That I Need (1990)

All the Man That I Need

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"All the Man That I Need" is a song written by American songwriters Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. The song was first recorded under the name "All the man I need" by singer Linda Clifford, in 1982, for her album I'll Keep on Loving You. Pitchford and Gore (who wrote the song "Red light" from Fame for her in 1980) had in mind Clifford and her husband when they wrote the song . It was later recorded and released as a single by the musical group Sister Sledge. Their version reached number forty-five on the United States Billboard R&B Singles chart. Later, in 1990, American recording artist Whitney Houston recorded her version and subsequently released it as a single. Her version featured production from Narada Michael Walden. In 1994, Luther Vandross included his own version, "All the woman that i need" on his album "Songs". Musically, the song is an R&B number, and the lyrics speak about a special one.

Houston's version became a major hit, received mainly positive reviews from music critics, and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also peaked at number on the Billboard R&B Singles and Adult Contemporary charts. Elsewhere, the song reached number one in Canada, while peaking within the top twenty in Ireland, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, while reaching the top forty in countries like Austria, France, Germany, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

Houston has performed the song on her Feels So Right Tour , I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour , The Pacific Rim Tour , and The European Tour . She has also performed the song on many other appearances including the televised concert Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston, dedicated to the troops, their families, and military and government dignitaries in honor of those returning from the Gulf War. She later performed the song on Hollywood Rock festival and other shows.


"All the Man That I Need" was originally written in 1981, by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, and was intended to be recorded by American singer Linda Clifford. Clifford recorded her version of the song for inclusion on her album I'll Keep on Loving You, and subsequently released it as a single, but it failed to chart. In 1982, the American musical group Sister Sledge recorded another version of the song as a duet with the singer David Simmons. Their version failed to make a large impact on the Billboard Hot 100, but reached a moderate peak of number forty-five on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

Later, Pitchford revealed that although different versions of the song were made, no one was really scoring a major success with it. "I figured that it was one of those songs that was going to get cut a number of times and not ever have its day," he said. However, he was a close friend of Arista Records' president Clive Davis, and it was over a dinner with him that the subject of the song "All the Man That I Need" again came up. After a discussion between the two regarding the song, a demo version of it was sent to Davis. Davis, was impressed with the song, but felt they would be unable to do anything with it at that time as this was around the period that Houston had just in fact finished recording her second album. Then came a long and agonizing wait for Pitchford while Arista went about the task of marketing Houston's second album and so of course this meant that any plans for a third were still some way off. During this interim period, Pitchford's publishers received many requests from interested parties who wanted one of their acts to record the song. However, in the end Houston finally recorded it, with production from Narada Michael Walden in 1989.

"All the Man That I Need" is an R&B song. According to the sheet music published at by Alfred Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of A major. The beat is set in common time, and moves at a a slow tempo of 76 beats per minute. It has the sequence of Bm–Fm–E–E/D–D–Cm7 as its chord progression. Houston's vocals in the song span from the note of C4 to the note of C5, while the piano elements range from the note of B1 to the high note of F5 . Stephen Holden of The New York Times, wrote that the song was an "expression of sexual hero worship." The song also features a saxophone solo by American recording artist Kenny G.

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 All The Man That I Need Whitney Houston       04:11
1-2 Dancin' on the Smooth Edge Whitney Houston       05:50
1-3 Greatest Love Of All Whitney Houston       04:50





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