Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Diana Ross - "Missing You"

Missing You - More Today Than Yesterday

(Debuted December 1, 1984, Peaked #10, 26 Weeks on the Chart)

On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye was involved in an argument with his father and was tragically shot to death. He was a day short of his 45th birthday. Gaye's loss was sudden and affected the extended "family" he was a part of at Motown. Not surprisingly, the tribute songs to his memory arrived soon, and one of the biggest ones was performed by his former labelmate and 1970s duet partner Diana Ross.

"Missing You" was written by another former labelmate, Lionel Richie. The song was inspired by conversations Richie had with Ross about Gaye. Released at the height of Richie's creative period, it would become Diana Ross's last Top 10 pop hit and final #1 R&B song.

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