Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)

Composed by E. Perez

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“Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh),” is a brilliant summer single combining the charm and charisma of singer Lumidee with producer DJ Tedsmooth’s reggae injected R&B. DJ Tedsmooth had been combining Latin pop, hip-hop, and reggae in his DJ Sets and remixing artists such as The Sicilians before working with Lumidee. The single combined Lumidee’s off-key vocals with the dancehall reggae rhythm “Diwali” written by Steven “Lenky” Marsden for the Greensleeves label. Wayne Wonder had recently used the rhythm for his hit “No Letting Go,”. Diwali is one of the least dancehall-sounding rhythms available for use sounding more like jump ropes swinging during the double-dutch days. In its original mix “Never Leave You,” became the number one request on many New York City radio stations, rushing Universal to sign Lumidee and DJ Tedsmooth. A new mix was created with guest rappers Busta Rhymes and Fabolous and a video soon followed. Lumidee was quick to point out that her vocals sounded off key because DJ Tedsmooth had her cut the song to a different backing track than the final release. Regardless, her four-note hook and simple lyrics had instant mass appeal. Listeners who would like explore the Diwali phenomenon should check out the Greensleeves’ rhythm record simply titled Diwali.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Never Leave You: Uh Ooh, uh Ooh! 2003 Universal International
Almost Famous 2003 Island/Def Jam / Straight Face Records / Universal / Universal Music 3:05
Universal Smash Hits, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
UTV 3:04
Now That's What I Call Music! 56 [UK] 2003
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:34
Much Dance 2004 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 2:14
The Dome, Vol. 28 2003
Various Artists
Move Your Body 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music / TLU 3:04
Smash Hits: Let's Party On 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:32
YTV Big Fun Party Mix: Reloaded 2004
Various Artists
Universal International 3:04
Sound of Smoove 2004
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 3:06
Shake Your Ass: Dancehall Party 2004 2004
Various Artists
WEA International
Barbie Girls [Universal #1] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:05
R&B Sessions, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Sessions Records 3:34
Blazin' Reggae 2005
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:05
Shibuya Ranking, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
R&B Divas [Universal] 2006
Various Artists
Universal TV/Sony BMG 3:04
Top of the Pops 2001-2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
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