Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………..on April 5th of 1975 Minnie Riperton’s, “Lovin’ You” reached the top of the Billboard singles chart. Minnie began recording as part of The Gems and then later with Rotary Connection. She had retired from the music scene in 1970 to raise a family when Stevie Wonder persuaded her to join his back-up group, Wonderlove. Wonder later produced Riperton’s first solo album, “Perfect Angel” along with four more albums before she died of cancer on July 12th, 1979.   Riperton wrote this with her husband, Richard Rudolph. Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live is their daughter, and Riperton mentions her in the lyrics. In the end, she sings “Ma-ah-aha-aha-ah-ya.” The song reached #2 in the UK, and #3 on the R&B chart in the U.S. Billboard ranked it as the No. 13 song for 1975. It is especially noteworthy for Riperton singing in the very high whistle register in the bridge of the song. It is also noteworthy for the sound of the chirping songbirds that are heard throughout the song. It was the fourth single from the album Perfect Angel (1974). As with the rest of the album, the keyboard backing is played by Stevie Wonder. Of note “Lovin’ You” was among the first of several songs to top the U.S. pop chart without the help of a percussion instrument. Prior examples of percussion-less Number Ones were Jim Croce – “Time in a Bottle” (1973), The Beatles – “Yesterday” (1965), and on the UK Singles Chart, The Beatles – “Eleanor Rigby” (1966).