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.
A/n: I DECIDED TO DO A HIGHSCOOL AU WITH THIS OMG I HOPE U LIKE IT
I JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD FIT SO WELL
saving all my love for you
You held your breath as Credence passed you in the hall. Your
books automatically came to be pushed against your chest, your head bowed as
you could feel yourself becoming flustered from his mere presence. You turned
as he passed, smelling the faint scent of his sage cologne. You willed yourself
to call his name, but your throat became constricted at the thought. He was
your friend, but lately your feelings for him had grown considerably. It had
gotten to the point where you had been rejecting every boy who approached you. You
were hopelessly saving yourself for him.
Credence kept to himself mostly, and as far as you could tell, you
were his only friend. You often encouraged him to make new friends, but he only
really felt comfortable around you, and that had been a feat to achieve at all.
You bit your lip, watching the boy walk away with a slumped figure, bag hanging
onto one of his broad shoulders. He seemed the narrow himself to half his
height, his eyes always focused on the ground.
“Credence!” You called out, the boy straightening as he turned. A
smile tugged at his lips, his face visibly lighting up as he came over to you.
“Hey (Y/n).” He spoke softly.
“Almost didn’t notice you passing by.” You said, giving him a
friendly pat on the arm. You internally laughed at the irony of your statement.
Whitney Houston performing with Jermaine Jackson at The Limelight in New York City, 1984.
Jermaine Jackson had a year-long affair with Whitney Houston while he was still married to Hazel Gordy. Their relationship inspired the video for Whitney’s 1985 single Saving All My Love For You, which tells the story of a woman’s romance with a married man, there is even a lookalike of Jermaine in the video.
Whitney Houston: “When I did ‘Saving All My Love,’ I was going through a terrible love affair. He was married — and that will never work out for anybody, never, no way, forget about it.”
In his 2011 book, You are Not Alone: Michael, Through A Brother’s Eyes, which was released a year before her death, Jermaine wrote about how he struggled with his feelings for her, although put them aside for the sake of his marriage.
Jermaine Jackson: “These were turning into duets between temptation and forbidden love, and the studio sessions gave us what felt like stolen time together. I arrived on those days with butterflies, because the whole experience of being around Whitney was intoxicating. I admitted silently to myself that I had the strongest feelings for a remarkable woman, whose heart was as beautiful as her face, and it became increasingly hard to sing love songs with all that motion and unspoken passion between us”.
Jermaine also revealed that his brother Michael had warned him off pursuing an intimate relationship with Whitney. “He didn’t fuel the temptation as some guys would. He reminded me about Hazel, about family…
As much as I wanted to lose myself in all these feelings, I told her to wait. Ultimately, we had to go our separate ways and it killed us both”.