Released today in 1987: Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

WEA YZ106

WEA YZ106

Out today in 1987: secretly quite good version of a Motown classic. Nick Kamen was the latest British artist to try to chart with this song, written in the mid-60s by Stevie Wonder and Ivy Jo Hunter and first recorded by The Four Tops: their original was issued by Tamla Motown in the UK as TMG568 on 24 June 1966.

Early covers by British artists included versions by Alan Price Set (on the 1966 album Price To Play and The Tremeloes (Here Comes The Tremeloes the following year). Comedian and singer Kenny Lynch put his version on the B-side of his single In Old Kentucky (Columbia DB8703; release date: 24 July 1970) and Bryan Ferry included it on his album of covers These Foolish Things (1973 – it was also selected as one of the three tracks to be included on the album sampler that was sent to DJs and the press for review purposes). There were then the following attempts from Brits to have a hit with the song:

  • Sundance (Decca F13494; release date: 22 February 1974)
  • Birmingham-based band whose producer, Nick Tauber, later worked with Toyah on a couple of her early-80s albums.

  • Frankie Miller’s Full House (Chrysalis CHS2103; release date: 3 September 1976)
  • British singer born in Glasgow in 1949 and who would have several hits starting the year after this single was issued.

  • Kiki Dee and Elton John (Ariola ARO269; release date: 13 November 1981)
  • Kiki and Elton had a #1 in 1976 with their duet Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and five years later, they were together again for this contribution to Kiki’s album Perfect Timing. It almost gave them another hit: but not quite. It peaked at #90.

    Nick Kamen succeeded where all these others failed. In fact, in chart terms his version was the most popular: it made #16, five places higher than The Four Tops reached 21 years earlier.

    NEW SINGLES on sale from Feb. 16
    1987
    A-HA Manhattan Skyline (Warner Bros W8405)
    BEASTIE BOYS (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) (Def Jam 6504187)
    The CULT Love Removal Machine (Beggars Banquet BEG182)
    EURYTHMICS Missionary Man (RCA DA10)
    Debbie HARRY Free To Fall (Chrysalis CHS3093)
    Billy IDOL Don’t Need A Gun (Chrysalis IDOL9)
    Nick KAMEN Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (WEA YZ106)

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