Lionel Richie / Diana Ross

Endless Love

Composed by Lionel Richie

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In 1981, film director Franco Zeffirelli and movie producer Jon Peters asked Commodores member Lionel Richie to compose a title theme for the Brooke Shields movie Endless Love. Richie let Zeffirelli hear an instrumental track that was rejected by his bandmates for their next album. The director suggested that the singer/producer write lyrics and a lead melody for the track and that it be used as the basis for a duet between him and Diana Ross.Ross had just severed her 20-year relationship with Motown Records and had just signed with RCA Records. Because of their packed schedules, Richie and Ross, who'd obtained permission from RCA, had to record their vocals during predawn three a.m. sessions in Reno, NV. Selling over two million copies, "Endless Love" topped the R&B charts for seven weeks, the pop charts for nine weeks, and the adult contemporary charts for three weeks during the summer of 1981. Oddly the sprinty Ross/Richie duet "Dreaming of You" was never issued as the follow-up single. The Endless Love soundtrack went gold, reaching number nine pop. Like Diana Ross & the Supremes' "The Happening," the title track of Endless Love was far more successful than the movie itself, which was a box-office flop. A Luther Vandross/Mariah Carey cover of the song went to number two pop and number seven R&B in the fall of 1994.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Motown
To Love Again 1981 Motown / Universal 4:26
Endless Love 1981 RCA 4:45
All the Great Hits 1981 Island / Motown / Universal / Uptown/Universal 4:28
Endless Love [1981] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1981
Original Soundtrack
Mercury / Mercury Records 4:26
No Image 1983
Various Artists
Motown
Compact Command Performances 1984 Motown
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Motown
Great Motown Love Songs - Three Times a Lady 1986
Various Artists
Motown 4:27
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Motown
25 Years of Grammy Greats 1990
Various Artists
Motown
Motown's Greatest Hits 1992 PolyGram 4:27
Back to Front 1992 Motown / Polydor 4:28
Magic Moments [Warner] 1992
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Forever Diana: Musical Memoirs 1993 Motown 4:28
Varig Collection: Movie Theme Songs, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Perfect Pitch Marketing
Endless Love [PolyGram TV] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram
Together: 20 Classic Soul Duets 1995
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:28
Soul Classics: Quiet Storm -- The 80's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:29
Anthology [Motown] 1995 Universal 4:26
Love Album, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Virgin
No Image 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:24
Motown Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:29
BET 15th Anniversary Music Collection 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:29
Endless Love [Intersound] 1996
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Greatest Hits: The RCA Years 1997 RCA 4:56
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus 1997
Various Artists
EMI Angel
Thanks for Sharing 1997
Various Artists
Quality 4:29
The Wedding Album, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 4:26
One Woman: The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown 4:30
Truly: The Love Songs 1997 Def Jam / Island / Universal / Universal International 4:27
Mixed Emotions 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 4:24
Best of Love: 16 Great Soft Rock Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:06
Songs You Know by Heart: Motown, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Unison
One and Only Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Polydor/Polygram 4:28
Friends for Life: Men and Women United in Harmony 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 4:26
Modern Bride Presents the Wedding Album 1998
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:06
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Universal/Polygram
Body Talk: Hearts Together 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:29
The Very Best of the Love Album 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:25
Best of Love [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 3:06
Now: 1981 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 4:26
Ultimate Diana 1999 Motown 4:26
With Love [Universal] 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:30
Love Songs [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 4:29
Motown Chartbusters, Vols. 7-12 [Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:26
Kuschelrock, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:27
Motown History, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Motown 4:30
Perfect Love, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Global TV 4:25
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Diana Ross 2000 Motown 4:26
Number One Motown 2000
Various Artists
Polygram 4:26
All Time Greatest Love Songs, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:25
Classic: The Universal Master Collection 2000 Motown 4:28
Love & Life: The Very Best of Diana Ross 2001 EMI Music Distribution 4:26
Forever Gold: Love at the Movies 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:28
The Motown Anthology 2001 Motown 4:29
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 12 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 4:26
Best Album 2001 EMI Music Distribution
Soul Classics Quiet Storm [Box] 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:29
Ultimate Power of Love 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:06
Duets of the Millennium 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:25
Reach Out and Touch: The Very Best of Diana Ross 2002 EMI Music Distribution 4:27
Together: 38 All Time Classic Duets & Collaborations 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 4:24
The Definitive Collection 2003 Digital 4:25
Elite '80s 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 4:26
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Motown Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:26
The Ultimate Chick Flick Love Songs 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:22
Treasury of Love 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:28
Body + Soul: Duets 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:31
Motown Number 1's 2004
Various Artists
Motown / Polydor / Universal 4:25
Capital Gold Love Legends 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:24
Ultimate Love [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:06
Cry Max 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Pure Soul [Crimson] 2004
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:29
Pure Groove: 80's Slow Jams 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 4:27
Soul for the Midnight Hour 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:27
Best 1200 2005 Universal Distribution
No Image 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Kansai Dai-Yakei: Love Song Collection 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Ultimate 16: Lite FM: Love Songs from the Movies 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:26
Sweet Memories [Sky] 2005
Various Artists
Sky Records 4:11
Legends 2006 Polydor / Universal 4:29
'80s Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:27
To Mum Love Motown 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:30
Soul Legends 2006 Universal Distribution 4:27
The Definitive Collection [Hip-O] 2006 Motown / Hip-O 4:27
Love's Greatest Hits [JCT] 2006
Various Artists
Virgin / Blue Note 4:25
Colour Collection 2006 Motown 4:28
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Power of Love 2007
Various Artists
Madacy 4:28
Casey Kasem Presents: The Long Distance Dedications 2007
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:27
Number 1's: Soundtrack Smashes 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:29
Motown Legends Love Songs 2007
Various Artists
Motown / UMVD 4:27
20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Love R&B Classics 2007
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / UMVD 4:28
Prime 17: Smooth R&B Slow Jams 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:26
No Image 2007
Various Artists
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music
Classic Soul Ballads [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:31
Best of Motown, Vol. 1 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Distribution 4:28
Alan Jones Presents Songs of Love and Inspiration 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:27
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Love 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:28
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal Music
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Strategic Marketing 4:26
Motown: The Complete No. 1's 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 4:28
The Masters Collection 2008 Spectrum Music 4:28
Motown 50 [International Version 2] 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Distribution 4:25
Motown 50 Essentials Box 2009
Various Artists
Motown / Universal
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
Various Artists
Motown 4:25
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: From Me To You 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:26
Total 80s Pop 2010
Various Artists
Universal 4:25
More Today Than Yesterday 2010 Strategic Marketing 4:25
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:30
Easy 80s 2011
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 4:27
The Greatest [UMTV] 2011 UMTV 4:26
Easy 80s: Secret Lovers 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:27
Icon 2012 Motown 4:26
Upside Down: The Collection 2012 Spectrum Music
Motown Anthems 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:26
Romantically Yours: Being with You 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:30
Latest & Greatest: R&B Love 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music / USM Media 4:27
Playlist: The Very Best of Diana Ross 2013 RCA 4:57
100 Hits: 80s Classics Karaoke 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits
The Love Song 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
Greatest Ever! Power Ballads [2015] 2015
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 4:26
From Motown With Love 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:27
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 4:28
All Time Ballads
Various Artists
Universal 4:32
De Pre Historie: 1981, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 4:25
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:27
Love 80's
Various Artists
Universal 4:26
Memories, Not Just Music
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:25
Motown 50 [Universal Mexico 2]
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:26
Música Afrodisíaca
Various Artists
Vale Music
Now That's What I Call a Singer
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:25
Pure Love Songs [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:24
Romantically Yours
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:30
The Best of Diana Ross Universal Distribution
The Greatest Love [Telstar]
Various Artists
Telstar 4:27
Throwback 1980's
Various Artists
Allegro / Somerset 4:26
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