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Always and Forever (Heatwave song)

"Always and Forever"
Single by Heatwave
from the album Too Hot to Handle
B-side "Mind Blowing Decisions" (UK)
"Super Soul Sister" (US)
Released 1977
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1976
Genre R&B, Pop
Length 3:32 (single edit)
6:14 (album version)
Label GTO (UK)
Epic 50490 (US)
Writer(s) Rod Temperton
Producer Barry Blue
Heatwave singles chronology

"Too Hot to Handle"
(1977)
"Always and Forever"
(1977)
"The Groove Line"
(1978)
"Always and Forever"
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A sample of Heatwave's "Always and Forever" from Too Hot to Handle

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"Always and Forever" is an R&B song written by Rod Temperton and first recorded by the British-based multinational funk-disco band Heatwave in 1976. Released as a single in 1977, the song is included on Heatwave's debut album Too Hot to Handle and has been covered by numerous artists.

Heatwave version

After the international success of Heatwave's debut single, the disco song "Boogie Nights", "Always and Forever" was chosen as the U.S. follow-up single in late 1977. A ballad featuring lead vocals by Johnnie Wilder, Jr., "Always and Forever" stood out among the band's predominantly disco repertoire and became a successful U.S. hit song in early 1978. It reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of that year after peaking at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart, the band's highest showing on that tally. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA.[1] In the UK, the songs "Too Hot to Handle" and "The Groove Line" were released before a double A-sided "Always and Forever" / "Mind Blowing Decisions" was issued in November 1978. This became the band's second top ten on the UK Singles Chart when it spent two weeks at #9 in December of that year.

In the late 1970s through the 1980s it was a popular "slow dance" song at high school proms, particularly in inner-city areas with a high minority population. The song was also played during the slow dance scene in the movie House Party.

In the liner notes to Heatwave's 1996 compilation album The Best of Heatwave: Always and Forever, music writer and former Billboard contributor Brian Chin notes that Wilder "says that it was right around the time of the single release of "Always and Forever" that he knew Heatwave's music would stand the test of time. This pop standard is emblematic of the Heatwave fusion of influences - R&B, teen romance, and both European and American flavors of pop."[2] AllMusic reviewer Craig Lytle states that the song "was and continues to be an ageless piece. Johnnie Wilder's vocal exhibition throughout the vamp is breathtaking."[3]

Charts

Chart (1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles[4] 2
UK Singles Chart[5] 9

Cover versions

"Always and Forever"
Whistle
from the album Always and Forever
Released 1990
Format CD single, 12"
Genre R&B
Length 4:39
Label Select
Writer(s) Rod Temperton
Producer Kangol
Whistle singles chronology

"Bad Habit"
(1990)
"Always and Forever"
(1990)
"Do You Care?"
(1990)

Among many artists who have recorded versions of "Always and Forever" is the American R&B vocal group Whistle, who released their single in 1990 from their album of the same name. Their take on the song made the top ten on the Billboard R&B chart, peaking at #9, while also cracking the top of the Hot 100 at #35.[6] R&B-pop vocalist Luther Vandross released his cover of "Always and Forever" as the second single from his 1994 album, Songs. His recording earned him a Grammy Award nomination in the category Best Male R&B Vocal performance at the Grammy Awards of 1995 and placed on four Billboard charts, with its best showing on the R&B chart where it reached #16. Vandross' single made the Hot 100 at #58 and also appeared on Billboard adult contemporary and rhythmic top 40 charts.[7]

Other singers who have recorded the song include Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, The Four Tops, Alexander O'Neal, Beverley Knight, Silk,Kyla, Nicole McCloud and Navin Kundra.

References

External links

  • Heatwave US 7" single Discogs
  • Heatwave UK 12" single Discogs
  • Whistle US 12" single Discogs
  • Luther Vandross UK CD single Discogs

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