" is a song written by Lionel Richie
and originally recorded as a duet
between Richie and fellow soul
singer Diana Ross
. In this ballad
, the singers declare their "endless love" for one another. It was covered by soul singer Luther Vandross
with R&B singer Mariah Carey
and also by country music
singer Kenny Rogers
. The song also was featured in the movies "Beethoven" and "Happy Gilmore
." Billboard Magazine
has named it the greatest song duet of all time.
About the record
Ross and Richie recorded the song for Motown
, and it was used as the theme for the film Endless Love
starring Brooke Shields
. Produced by Richie and arranged by Gene Page
, it was released as a single from the film's soundtrack in 1981. While the film Endless Love
was a success, the song became the second biggest-selling single of the year (first was "Physical
" by Olivia Newton-John
) in the U.S. and landed at number 1 on Billboard'
s Hot 100
, where it stayed for nine weeks from August 9 to October 10, 1981. It also topped the Billboard R&B chart
and the Adult Contemporary chart
, and landed at number 7 in the UK.
The soulful composition became the biggest-selling single of Ross' career and her 18th career number-one single (including her work with The Supremes
), while it was one of several hits for Richie as the 1980s progressed. Ross recorded a solo version of the song for her first RCA Records
album, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
, but the... Read More