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My Cherie Amour (song)

"My Cherie Amour"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album My Cherie Amour
B-side "I Don't Know Why"
Released January 28, 1969
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1967–68
Genre Soul, pop
Length 2:54
Label Tamla
T 54180
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy
Producer(s) Henry Cosby
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day"
(1968)
"My Cherie Amour"
(1969)
"Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday"
(1969)

"My Cherie Amour" is a 1969 soul classic by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder.

The song was originally recorded from late 1967 to early 1968, but not released until early 1969. The song was co-written by Wonder, Sylvia Moy, and Henry Cosby; Cosby also served as producer of the song.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Later use 2
  • Chart performance 3
  • References 4

Background

The song was originally written about Wonder's girlfriend while he was at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing, Michigan, and had the title "Oh My Marsha". After they broke up, the lyrics and title were altered to the more general "My Cherie Amour". All the instruments except for the horns and the strings were recorded on November 8, 1967. Then, on November 17 of that year, the horns and strings were added at Golden World Records, one year before it was acquired by Motown. Finally, Wonder's vocals were added on January 15, 1968, but it was not released until January 28, 1969 because at the time of the song's release, Wonder had some vocal problems and had to wait until the problems were gone, so Motown decided to release some songs that Wonder had recorded years before and My Cherie Amour was one of them. The song became a #4 hit on both the Billboard pop and R&B singles charts in 1969. Wonder also released Spanish- and Italian-language versions entitled "Mi Querido Amor" and "My Cherie Amor," respectively.

Later use

The song was featured in the 2012 comedy film Silver Linings Playbook as Pat’s and Nikki’s wedding song. It drives Pat crazy every time he hears it after having been divorced from his wife.

In 2014 “My Cherie Amour” was sampled by British DJ Wish You Were Mine” which was a hit all over Europe and topped the UK Dance Chart.[1]

Chart performance

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 14
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 14
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 4
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 4
US Billboard Easy Listening 3
US Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 4

References

  1. ^ "UK Dance Singles Chart Top 40".  
  2. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song".  
  3. ^ "Stevie Wonder – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Stevie Wonder.
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