Sérgio Mendes - Never Gonna Let You Go (1983)
- 80's score: 1.47
- Genre(s): Soul
"Never Gonna Let You Go" is a popular song from 1983 produced by Brazilian musician and bandleader Sérgio Mendes and ...
"Never Gonna Let You Go" is a popular song from 1983 produced by Brazilian musician and bandleader Sérgio Mendes and sung by Joe Pizzulo and Leeza Miller. Songwriters Cynthia Weil (lyrics) and Barry Mann (music) composed the song, which appears on Mendes' 1983 self-titled album.
Weil and Mann originally submitted "Never Gonna Let You Go" to American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, but they decided not to record the song. Dionne Warwick recorded the song on her 1982 album Friends in Love. Stevie Woods had also recorded the song for his 1982 album The Woman in My Life.
Mendes, preparing for the release of his 1983 album, was quoted as saying, "All the other songs on the album were up and festive. I needed a ballad on the album, just to change the pace a bit." Mendes' version was a hit, matching the No. 4 peak of his previous best showing on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "The Look of Love", in 1968. It spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard R&B chart. On the Radio & Records airplay chart the song debuted #26 on the May 13, 1983 issue; after six weeks it reached and peaked at #7 for one week; the single stayed on the top 10 for three weeks and remained on the chart for twelve weeks. The song was successful, especially in Brazil, being played on Rede Globo's soap opera Final Feliz.
Record producer Rick Beato deconstructed the song in a June 2021 video on his YouTube channel, summing up his 20 minute analysis by declaring it "the most complicated hit song of all time. The most complex chord progressions. Yet, when you listen to it, you're just like ... yeah, ok, yeah ... it just goes by you, you don't even realize that it's changing keys, like, every other beat."