Saturday, September 22, 1984

Stevie Wonder’s The Woman in Red charted

The Woman in Red (soundtrack)

Stevie Wonder

Charted: September 22, 1984

Peak: 4 US, 14 RB, 2 UK, 4 CN, 4 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.3 UK, 8.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: R&B


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. The Woman in Red
  2. It’s You (with Dionne Warwick)
  3. It’s More Than You
  4. I Just Called to Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder) [4:21] (8/1/84, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 RR, 1 AC, 1 RB, 1 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, sales: 4 ½ million)
  5. Love Light in Flight (Stevie Wonder) [6:54] (12/1/84, 17 US, 16 CB, 14 RR, 10 AC, 4 RB, 44 UK, 39 CN)
  6. Moments Aren’t Moments (by Dionne Warwick)
  7. Weakness (with Dionne Warwick)
  8. Don’t Drive Drunk (12/29/84, 62 UK)

Total Running Time: 41:19


2.724 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)

About the Album:

1984 was a good year for Stevie Wonder. Detroit gave him the key to the city and he considered a run for mayer. He played harmonica on “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” Elton John’s biggest hit in 4 years. Wonder released the biggest single of his career with I Just Called to Say I Love You. It became one of Britain’s ten largest-selling singles of all time. The song also won the Oscar for Best Song, but Wonder evoked some anger in dedicating the award to Nelson Mandella. South African radio stations responded by banning his music.

The parent album did well commercially, reaching #4 in the U.S. and going platinum, and also becoming Wonder’s first #1 in the UK. However, the album – a soundtrack to a Gene Wilder comedy – still frustrated fans and critics who didn’t rate it amongst his best material. All Music Guide’s William Ruhlmann said it was “less than a full-fledged Wonder record,” AMG which was a disappointment to fans who’d already waited four years for an entire album’s worth of new material. Ruhlmann said that even “I Just Called to Say I Love You” was a “sappy” AMG and “formulaic TV commercial-in-the-making.” AMG

The album did produce a second top-20 hit, Love Light in Flight and the single Don’t Drive Drunk. The U.S. Department of Transportation used the latter as a Drunk Driving Prevention public service announcement the following year. WK

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First posted 6/20/2008; last updated 8/3/2021.

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