Billboard #1 Hits: #361: “Lovin’ You”- Minnie Riperton. April 5, 1975. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Lovin’ You”- Minnie Riperton
  • Record Company- Epic
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph
  • Time: 3:20
  • B-side: “The Edge Of A Dream”
  • Album-Perfect Angel
  • Grade: D
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #2 in UK Single Chart.

I don’t know how I didn’t know this- but I didn’t know until doing some research for this- that comedian /actress Maya Rudolph is Minnie Riperton’s daughter. The song was created as a distraction for Maya when she was a baby so that Minnie and her husband could spend time together. The Minnie Riperton story ends sadly- dying of breast cancer at the age of 31 in 1979. This was her only Top 40 pop hit. I’ve always found this single to be highly annoying. If it comes on the radio it gets “The Joker” treatment- I turn the station. Note- the producers on this song- Minnie’s husband Richard Rudolph and some fella named Stevie Wonder.

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #361: ” LOVIN’ YOU”- MINNIE RIPERTON – APRIL 5, 1975

  1. Gotta disagree – it’s got to rank as a “B” at least… great song, but I could do with her upper reaches being toned down a little …dogs counties away can hear that high note.

    • That is what ruins the song- i am not a fan of singers who tend to show off their vocal range. This is annoying as it gets. I didn’t give it an F because I feel bad about her early demise.

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