Diana Ross

Love Hangover

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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
No Image 1972 Motown 7:48
Diana Ross [1976] 1976 Motown 7:49
Diana Ross' Greatest Hits 1976 Motown 7:48
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1976 1976
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
12 #1 Hits from the 70's 1982
Various Artists
Motown 3:47
No Image 1983 Motown
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Pioneer
Every Great Motown Song, Vol. 2: The 1970's 1989
Various Artists
Motown 3:49
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
Forever Diana: Musical Memoirs 1993 Motown 3:45
Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
Various Artists
Motown 3:50
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 Motown 3:45
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
Looking for Mr. Goodbar 1997
Original Soundtrack
P.E.G. 3:48
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:50
Only Soul 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:50
Ultimate Diana 1999 Motown 3:45
Motown Chartbusters, Vols. 7-12 [Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:44
Classic: The Universal Master Collection 2000 Motown 3:46
Magnum Opus 2001
Various Artists
PolyGram 7:51
Blues & Soul, Vol. 5: 1976-1977 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:47
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 10 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:44
No Image 2001 Japanese Import
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
Time Music 0:00
Jazz Cafe: Soul Mix 2004
Various Artists
Inspired Distribution 3:44
Nova Classics, Vol. 6 2006
Various Artists
Nova 7:39
Number 1's 2009 Motown / UTV 3:44
Diana: Bonus Tracks 2010 Motown 10:25
No Image
Various Artists
Motown 3:48
No Image
Various Artists
Motown
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro