Minnie Riperton

Lovin' You

Composed by Minnie Riperton / Richard Rudolph

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Simplicity was a key part of the music of Minnie Riperton. Listen to her chart-topping million-seller "Lovin' You." The song's simple declaration of love is magnified by the sparse, airy backdrop of chimey electric piano and gentle acoustic guitar. "Lovin' You" went to number three R&B and number one pop in early 1975. It was listed on her Perfect Angel LP which went gold, holding the number one R&B spot for four weeks and peaking at number four pop. After the record became a hit, the singer was often asked why there's a bird chirping happily in the background. She answered that the bird's chirping was mistakenly recorded when she did the demo for the song and somehow it seemed to work, so they included it on the finished recording. Because of contract restrictions, producer Stevie Wonder's name couldn't appear on the label; instead the track was produced by Black Bull Productions (Wonder's astrological sign is Taurus, hence the bull in Black Bull). On later versions of "Lovin' You" (after the single began garnering airplay on pop stations), a low-volumed Arp string synth pad was added, probably in a unnecessary effort to fill out the sound. Wonder and her husband/frequent collaborator Richard Rudolph were at the singer's bedside when she passed away from cancer on July 12, 1979.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Perfect Angel 1974 Capitol 3:58
The Best of Minnie Riperton 1981 EMI
Soul Like Sister & Brother 1992
Various Artists
Alex 3:23
Wedding Album: Songs That Say I Love You 1992
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 3:23
Capitol Gold: The Best of Minnie Riperton 1993 Capitol 3:22
Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s 1993
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:25
Heart & Soul, Vol. 3: Heart Full of Soul 1994
Various Artists
Pro 3:20
Slow Jams: The 70's, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:22
Only Love 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:26
Soul of a Woman: 20 Soulful Ballads 1995
Various Artists
Griffin
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:20
The Woman in Me 1995
Various Artists
MCI 3:23
Deep Soul, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 0:00
Rock On 1975 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:25
Flick Hits: Old School Tracks 1996
Original Soundtrack
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:22
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
AM Gold: 1975 1996
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:23
Music Express 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:22
Glory of Love: Sweet & Soulful Love Songs-'70s 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
1975: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
EMI / CDCard Company 3:24
70's Heavy Hitters: Summer Love 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:22
Thanks for Sharing 1997
Various Artists
Quality 3:24
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:25
Number Ones: Lovin' Feelings 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 4:01
R&B Relix: 1974-1975 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:25
Soul of a Woman 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:22
Body Talk: Expressions 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:25
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:24
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 3:25
Slow Jams Collection [Single Disc] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:25
Back to Back Hits 1999 Collectables
Males & Females 1999
Various Artists
Discom Disk / Discom 3:21
R&B: From Doo Wop to Hip Hop 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:44
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:44
Love Songs [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 3:25
Free Soul: The Classics of Minnie Riperton 1999 EMI 3:42
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:24
Eternal Love [Empire] 2000
Various Artists
Empire DisK / Disky 3:22
Tender Love [EMI] 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:18
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:24
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1975 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:25
Love Ballads [Love Box] 2000
Various Artists
Love Box 3:22
AM Gold: Mellow Hits of the '70s 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:25
Classic Love Songs of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:24
Petals: The Minnie Riperton Collection 2001 The Right Stuff 4:24
20 Number 2's of the 70's 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Les Fleurs: The Minnie Riperton Anthology 2001 EMI 3:46
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:24
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:23
Twogether Love 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:18
TV Guide Presents: Five Decades of Great Love Song 2002
Various Artists
Q Records 3:24
Let's Get It On [Medalist] 2002
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 3:24
Twogether Soul 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:19
Lovin' You and Other Assorted Love Songs 2003 EMI 3:26
Perfect Angel/Adventures in Paradise 2004 Stateside 3:43
World's Greatest Love Songs [2004] 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:24
Body + Soul: The '70s 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:23
Lost & Found in the Seventies 2004
Various Artists
Liberty / Capitol 3:45
Slow Jams Collection [2 Disc] 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:43
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004
Various Artists
Geffen 3:46
I Luv Mum: For the Best Mum in the World Ever 2005
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI Music Distribution 3:24
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 3:22
Slow Jams, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
SPG 3:25
Ambient Lounge, Vol. 8 2005
Various Artists
Globe UK 3:20
Absolutely the Best of the 70's, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:23
LateNightTales 2005
Air
LateNightTales 0:00
Complete Seventies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:24
Unforgettable Love Songs [Fuel 2000] 2006
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:24
The Wedding Collection: Classical/Party/Love 2006
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertai / United Multimedia 0:00
I Love Mom 2006
Various Artists
Liberty / Capitol 3:44
First of May 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:23
All #1 Hits '70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:25
Disturbia [Original Soundtrack] 2007
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 3:23
Pure: Love 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:19
Pure: 70s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:19
Influences: Joss Stone 2007
Various Artists
One Eighty 3:45
Playlist: Love 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:19
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:22
This Is 1975 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:18
Soulful Expression of 70's R&B 2008
Various Artists
Rolling Stone 3:23
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:18
Original Hits: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:22
Chansons au Féminin 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / EMI 3:43
Mad Love Sweet Love 2009
Various Artists
QL Music 3:43
Megamind 2010 Lakeshore Records 3:23
Jackie: Love Songs [2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / UMTV 3:22
Me to You with Love 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Joint Venture 3:22
20 #1's: Classic R&B Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:23
20 #1’s: Movie Love Songs
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 3:25
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 15
Various Artists
Rhino 3:26