Diana Ross

Love Hangover

Composed by Marilyn McLeod / Pam Sawyer

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Setting the mood during a recording session is important because that "vibe" is what will come across on the finished record. Recording for Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" was done at two in the morning with Ross passing out shots of Remy Martin. Just like with the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye," producer Hal Davis overheard a demo of the Pam Sawyer/Marilyn McLeod song while at the Los Angeles offices of Motown Records. The musicians he used on the session included some of the same ones he would use on Thelma Houston's 1977 R&B/pop chart-topping cover of "Don't Leave Me This Way": drummer James Gadson, bassist Henry Davis, guitarist Art Wright, and Crusaders pianist Joe Sample. Davis found some resistance from some of the musicians (who didn't like the change from a cool, languid groove into a brisk disco workout) and Ross herself who thought that she was "above" doing disco. The intervention of Motown founder Berry Gordy set the stage for Ross having her biggest hit since "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." To bring the right mood even more to the fore, Davis instructed engineer Russ Terrana (who would later remix Ross' Chic-produced hits "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out" from her platinum Diana LP) to install a strobe light so that Ross could be in the "disco" mindset. It did the trick with "Love Hangover" going to number one R&B and number one pop for two weeks in spring 1976. The 5th Dimension lost the cover battle with their version issued as an ABC single peaking at number 39 R&B and number 80 pop around the same time. Ross' "Love Hangover" enjoyed many remixes over the years including one by Frankie Knuckles found on Diana Extended: The Remixes.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Diana Ross [1976] 1976 Motown
Diana Ross' Greatest Hits 1976 Motown 7:48
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
An Evening with Diana Ross 1977 Motown / Uni / Universal 4:46
Diana 1980 Motown 10:25
In Concert 1980 Universal International
All the Great Hits 1981 Island / Motown / Universal / Uptown/Universal 7:54
12 #1 Hits from the 70's 1982
Various Artists
Motown 3:47
No Image 1983 Motown
Compact Command Performances 1984 Motown
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Pioneer
Every Great Motown Song, Vol. 2: The 1970's 1989
Various Artists
Motown 3:49
The Greatest Hits Live 1989 EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:51
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Motown
The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:50
Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:51
Motown's Greatest Hits 1992 PolyGram 3:48
Forever Diana: Musical Memoirs 1993 Motown 3:45
Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
Various Artists
Motown 3:48
Diana Extended: The Remixes 1994 EMI Music Distribution 8:24
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority Records
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1976 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1976 1995
Various Artists
Motown 7:46
Disco Nights, Vol. 9: Motown Dance 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 7:49
Anthology [Motown] 1995 Universal 3:47
Pure Disco [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:45
Keith Haring: A Retrospective, The Music of His Era 1997
Various Artists
Logic Records 3:47
One Woman: The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown 3:46
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:50
Only Soul 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:50
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1976-1980 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51
Ultimate Diana 1999 Motown 3:45
Motown Chartbusters, Vols. 7-12 [Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:44
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Diana Ross 2000 Motown 3:46
Classic: The Universal Master Collection 2000 Motown 3:46
Love & Life: The Very Best of Diana Ross 2001 EMI Music Distribution 3:44
Magnum Opus 2001
Various Artists
PolyGram 7:51
The Motown Anthology 2001 Motown 7:49
Blues & Soul, Vol. 5: 1976-1977 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:47
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 10 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 3:44
Best Album 2001 EMI Music Distribution
Sampled, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Virgin 3:44
Reach Out and Touch: The Very Best of Diana Ross 2002 EMI Music Distribution 3:44
Disco Triple Set 2002
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Classic Funk: The Universal Masters Collection 2003
Various Artists
Digital / Ooo Universal 3:44
No Image 2003
Various Artists
X-Media Records
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
70s Groove 2003
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:45
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal / USM 3:45
Jazz Cafe: Soul Mix 2004
Various Artists
Inspired Distribution 3:44
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1976 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:46
Best 1200 2005 Universal Distribution
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Motown Disco: Soulful Grooves from the '70s and '80s 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal International 7:51
Nova Classics, Vol. 6 2006
Various Artists
Nova 7:39
Legends 2006 Polydor / Universal 3:46
Extended Seventies: The Dawning of the 12 Inch Era 2006
Various Artists
Optimum 7:46
Disco Fever: Turn the Beat Around 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
'70s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:50
The Definitive Collection [Hip-O] 2006 Hip-O / Polydor / Universal Music 3:49
Colour Collection 2006 Universal 3:45
Disco Fever: I Love The Nightlife [#2] 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
Number 1's: '70s Soul 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:46
Almighty: The Definitive Collection, Vol. 5 2007
Various Artists
Almighty Records
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
Best of Motown, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Distribution 3:44
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Seventies 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:45
Playlist Your Way 2008 Motown 7:49
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Universal 3:51
Motown: The Complete No. 1's 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 3:45
The Masters Collection 2008 Spectrum Music 3:45
Pure Disco [Universal] 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music Group 3:42
Memories of Motown 2009
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Music 3:45
K-Tel Presents: Disco Nights 2009
Various Artists
Micro Werks / Micro Werks/K-Tel 3:50
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
Sweet Soul of the '70s: Just to Be Close to You 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
More Today Than Yesterday 2010 Strategic Marketing 3:46
A Complete Introduction to Disco 2010
Various Artists
Universal 7:51
Jackie: The Party Album 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:45
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
The Greatest [UMTV] 2011 UMTV 3:46
Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92 2012
Various Artists
Soul Jazz 7:49
Greatest Ever! Chartbusters 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:45
Icon 2012 Motown 3:48
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
Upside Down: The Collection 2012 Spectrum Music
Motown Anthems 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
We Love the Nightlife: Good Times 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:49
Playlist: The Very Best of Diana Ross 2013 Sony Music
Latest & Greatest R&B Divas 2015
Various Artists
USM Media 3:43
No Image
Various Artists
Motown 3:48
20 #1’s: Disco
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:45
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 3:45
No Image
Various Artists
Motown
No Image
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Jackie Pin-Ups
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:45
Love: A Collection of Everlasting Love Songs
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:44
Motown Collection, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
Motown Gold: The 1970s
Various Artists
Universal
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 3:49
Nova Classics, Vols. 1-10
Various Artists
Radio Nova 7:39
Saturday Night Sunday Morning [Mail]
Various Artists
Mail 3:46
The Best of Diana Ross Universal Distribution
The Motown Story
Various Artists
Universal 3:45
Top of the Pops 1975-1979
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 7:49
Vol. 1-Soul Collector
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
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