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Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine - Anything for You (1988)

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"Anything For You" is a 1988 ballad written by American singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan and sung by Estefan and Miami ...

"Anything For You" is a 1988 ballad written by American singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan and sung by Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. The song appeared on their 1987 album, Let It Loose. After years of fluctuating success in the United States, "Anything for You" marked a massive breakthrough for the group when it managed to top the Billboard magazine Hot 100 chart on May 14, 1988, and remained there for two weeks. It marked the peak of the band's success in the 1980s and was the first of three number-ones for the band. Due to the success of the re-release of this signature song and the previous re-release in October 1988 from the single, "Can't Stay Away from You", outside North America the album Let It Loose saw a re-release named after the single "Anything For You". The song also spent three weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart that same year. It also peaked at #3 on the Hot Latin Tracks on June 25, 1988. The A-side of the single contained a longer fade than the version on the album. The B-side of the single was a Spanglish version of the song, with Estefan alternating the verses and chorus between English and Spanish.

In the UK, "Anything for You" was Gloria's breakthrough hit. After the disappointing UK chart placings of previous singles, "Anything for You" was released in July 1988 and entered at #87. However, the song started a steady twelve-week climb and finally reached a peak of #10 by September 1988. This gave Gloria the chance to release the uptempo follow up "1-2-3" just six weeks after and finally gave her two consecutive top ten hits. The success of Anything For You finally proved that Gloria was able to have UK hits and so followed the re-releases of "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and "Can't Stay Away From You" which reached the top 20 and top 10 respectively.

The song also appeared on the compilation album Exitos de Gloria Estefan, sung completely in Spanish and retitled "No Te Olvidaré (I Won't Forget You)." The song was re-released in its original form in The Essential Gloria Estefan and in a slightly extended version in Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits (the 7" single version).

 

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