Stevie Wonder

Hey Love

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When R. Kelly decided to do a 1993 remake of the Stevie Wonder hit "Hey Love," the Chicago-based singer wisely chose not to deviate from the foundation laid down by Wonder. The original version's dominant, looping rhythm echoes the tick-tock of a clock, which gives the down-tempo track a melancholy late-night vibe, emphasizing the feeling that the singer is giving his all in a one last chance to get the direct attention of the object of his affectations. Written by producer Clarence Paul, Wonder, and Morris Broadnax and listed on the Down to Earth LP, "Hey Love" went to number nine R&B and number 90 pop in spring 1967. Its flipside, "Travelin' Man," made it to number 31 R&B and number 32 pop. R. Kelly's cover of "Hey Love" paired him with fellow Chicagoan Mr. Lee and was a Top 15 R&B/number 101 pop hit listed on his fine platinum debut, Born Into the '90s.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Down to Earth 1966 Motown 2:41
Greatest Hits 1968 Motown 2:45
No Image 1977
Motown Legends: I Was Made to Love Her 1994 Esx Entertainment, Inc. / Polygram 2:45
Tamla Motown Connoisseurs 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 2:40
Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection 1996 Motown 2:52
At the Close of a Century 1999 Motown 2:47
The Definitive Collection 2002 Motown 2:43
The Complete Stevie Wonder 2005 Motown / Universal 2:53
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 7: 1967 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O Select / Motown 2:55
Motown Unreleased 1968 [Universal]
Various Artists
Motown / Universal 5:38