On this day in music history: October 26, 1985 - “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on September 7, 1985, and topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 3 weeks on October 5, 1985. Written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin, it is the first pop and second R&B chart topper for the pop and R&B vocal icon from Newark, NJ. After Whitney Houston is signed to Arista Records in 1983, the nearly two year long task of recording her debut album begins in earnest. Among the producers selected to work on the project is songwriter Michael Masser, best known for penning classics including “The Greatest Love Of All” (also recorded by Houston for her debut), “Touch Me In The Morning” and “Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?)” (both for Diana Ross). One of the songs chosen for Whitney is “Saving All My Love For You” co-written with lyricist Gerry Goffin (“The Locomotion”, “One Fine Day”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”), a song about a woman having an affair with a married man. The song is originally recorded in 1978 by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (also produced by Masser), whose version is only a minor hit. Masser retools the song for Houston and records it with her in 1984, with the then twenty one year old singer delivering an emotional and flawless performance. The track is given a torchy, understated arrangement by veteran arranger Gene Page (Barry White, The Jackson 5), and features a sax solo by jazz musician Tom Scott. Issued as the second single from Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut in July of 1985, it becomes an across the board smash like its predecessor “You Give Good Love”. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on August 17, 1985, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. The single wins Whitney her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1986 (also performing the song live on the telecast), an honor made even sweeter when it is presented excitedly and emotionally by Houston’s cousin, vocal legend Dionne Warwick. Houston’s Grammy performance of the song also wins her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program also in 1986. “Saving All My Love For You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Whitney Houston released “Saving All My Love For You” with her 1985 debut album Whitney Houston. The song was originally sung by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., but Whitney Houston’s cover was far more successful than their’s.
“Saving All My Love For You” was Houston’s first of many songs to chart at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song is about a love affair with a married man and the woman’s pledge to wait for him. This song is much more meaningful, heartfelt, and ballad-y than other songs on the same album, namely the pop hit “How Will I Know”. With “Saving All My Love For You”, Whitney Houston won her first Grammy Award in 1986 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
“Saving All My Love For You” is often used during weddings for the couple’s first dance. The song is sweet, romantic, heartfelt, and sentimental.
pairing: steve harrington x reader warnings: swearing, fluff!!!! characters: mike, lucas, dustin, will, max, steve, the reader request: “Could you do one where Steve asks the reader to the Snowball as a joke, and she thinks it’s just a joke because that’s a dance for the middle schoolers, but he wasn’t joking he actually signed them up as chaperones and steals one dance with her”
A/N: a little fluff to lighten the mood on this blog! His Drunken Mistake is angsty asf!!! tags are under the cut!
“(Y/N), go to the Snowball with me.” Steve whined, poking your shoulder like a little kid, “Come on, it’ll be fun!”
You laughed, “Steve, what are we 12??”
“No, smart ass, we’re chaperones!”
“Chaperones? Seniors in high school chaperoning a middle school dance,” You lifted a brow, Steve really did love those kids, “You’re such a dad, Steve!”
“Oh, come on, I promised Dusty I’d go…….” He kissed your cheek once, “And you’d make it so much more fun…..” Twice, “And I know you wanna see me in a tux….” He winked.
“God, fine!” You giggled, “The things you make me do, Steve Harrington!”
About a week later, your hair was curled and a blue dress flowed when you walked down the stairs- a middle school dance was the last thing you’d expect to be doing on a Friday night.
“I’m leaving, I’ll be home by 12!” You yelled to your parents upstairs as you walked out onto the porch, to find Steve waiting for you in the driveway.
“Jesus Christ, (Y/N).” He breathed, mouth slightly agape at the sight of you, “You look like a, I don’t even know, like a fucking Ice Princess…..”
At that, you laughed out loud, “A what?”
“No! No! Like in a good way,” A wink, “You’re god damn gorgeous, babe.”
“Why are you winking, Steve?” You giggled and rolled your eyes, “Stop winking!”
“Can’t help it!!!!”
When the first slow song played, you were handing out punch with Steve. Slow and melancholy, Whitney Houston played over the gymnasium’s speakers, making you sway a little to the tune.
“Wanna dance?” Steve turned, holding out his hand in an overly dramatic bow, “I know you love this song,”
Chuckling, you just nodded your head and led him to the middle of the floor- just under the disco ball, “Let’s do it, Harrington.”
So I’m saving all my love Yeah, I’m saving all my loving Yes, I’m saving all my love for you For you, for you
The lights flickering throughout the room truly did look like snowflakes, and made everything else almost dreamlike. They swirled and floated in a dazzling array as the two of you swayed together.
Steve- with his hands on your waist- and you- arms wrapped around your boyfriend shoulders- swayed and swayed to the sleepy melody.
“This is kinda nice, you know.” You admitted softly, smiling as he squeezed your hips, “See? I knew you’d love it.”
I’ve got to get ready Just a few minutes more Gonna get that old feeling When you walk through that door
“You do look beautiful, you know.” He whispered, brushing a thumb over your cheek, “You really do,”
“Stop it,” You already felt your face heat- Steve had always had that effect on you, “You love making me blush,”
“Hah,” He chuckled, “Trust me, I’m gonna do a lot more than that.”
“Steve! Oh my god there are kids here!”
You hit his shoulder- the way he was looking at you, that god damn suit, he knew full well what he was doing. Those eyes of his glinted in a way you couldn’t quite place, his lips tugged into a smile, “You know I love you, (Y/N) (Y/L/N), right?”
You gasped, he’d never said that to you before.
The two of you had been all fun and games for the past few weeks- partying, dancing around and driving each other crazy, but not much more than that. You knew how you felt- hell, you were in love with this man- but you’d never expected him to feel the same.
“I, Steve, I love you too.”
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