Janet Jackson

Miss You Much

Composed by James Harris III / Terry Lewis

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How do you follow-up a surprise multi-platinum album that spawned five number one singles? That was the question Janet Jackson must have faced as she began recording her Rhythm Nation 1814 album, the next album after her sensational 1986 LP Control. Stalled deal renegotiations and a management changeover at A&M Records almost nixed her working with songwriting/production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis again. Thankfully all the legalities were ironed out and the singer was reunited with Jam and Lewis in the fall of 1988. Jam's one-time girlfriend's "dear John letter" served as the inspiration for the ballad "Miss You Much." He thought it would be perfect for Jackson and he was right. The first track that she recorded after being re-teamed with the Minneapolis-based pair, "Miss You Much" sold over two million copies, staying at number one R&B for two weeks and number four pop for four weeks in the fall of 1989, becoming her sixth number one R&B hit.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1989 A&M
Rhythm Nation 1814 1989 A&M 4:12
Design of a Decade: 1986-1996 1995 A&M 4:12
Design of a Decade: 1986-1996 [Video] 1995 Uptown / Universal
No Image 2001 A&M 0:00
Rhythm Nation 1814/Rhythm Nation Compilation 2002 A&M 5:31
Velvet Rope Tour/Live In Hawaii 2004 Eagle Vision
Number Ones 2009 A&M 4:13
The Best 2009 A&M 4:12
Best of Number Ones 2010 A&M 4:12
Icon: Number Ones 2010 A&M 4:14