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Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You (1985)

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"Saving All My Love for You" is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin with arrangement by Gene Page. It was ...

"Saving All My Love for You" is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin with arrangement by Gene Page. It was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 on their album Marilyn & Billy. A cover of the song was recorded by American singer Whitney Houston, for her debut, self-titled album, which was released on February 14, 1985, by Arista Records. The song was the second single from the album in the United States and third worldwide.

The song received positive reviews from music critics, who picked it as one of the album's highlights and praised its melodious production and Houston's vocal performance. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Commercially, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, being her first number one on the charts; it also went to number one in both the UK and Ireland, becoming her first major hit in these countries. In the United States, it was awarded a Gold certification from the RIAA in 1995, and Platinum certification in 2020.

Critical reception

"Saving All My Love for You" received positive reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic picked the song as a highlight on the album, writing that the song "burns slowly and seductively." Dave Heaton of PopMatters praised Whitney for "singing as 'the other woman', ratcheting up the drama without overdoing it." Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail wrote that 'Saving All My Love for You', 'Greatest Love Of All' and 'Hold Me In Your Arms' "are some of the loveliest pop singing on vinyl since the glory days of Dionne Warwick." Sputnikmusic called it "the sexiest, most romantic song on the record." Brad Wete of Vibe called it "goliath", writing that the song "was a fresh serving of precocious talent compared to 1985's mildly flavored R&B bluffet." Los Angeles Times praised her vocal performance, writing that, "it should mean a cinch Grammy nomination."

Music video

The music video was directed by Stuart Orme and was filmed in London, where Whitney was doing a promotional tour. The narrative for the music video follows the song's theme: Whitney's character is a recording artist who is emotionally involved with her married producer, played by Ricco Ross. By the finale, he has returned to his wife and family, leaving her (the "other woman") romantically out in the cold.

At the time of release, the adultery theme of the video for "Saving All My Love for You" generated much media controversy, which led Whitney to insist, "I could never see myself in that position. I wouldn't just take whatever someone wants to give to me, especially if I am giving a lot to him but not getting that much back. I could never find myself in that situation, but someone else might. The video tells a story but it's by no means my story." Despite the controversy, the video won "Favorite Soul/R&B Video" on the American Music Awards of 1986. In July 2020, the music video has been remastered in HD.

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