1982 George Benson – Turn Your Love Around (US: #5 UK: #29)

1982_George_Benson_Turn_Your_Love_AroundTurn Your Love Around is a vocal pop/R&B single by George Benson. The song was written to help fill out Benson’s 1981 greatest hits album, The George Benson Collection. The song won a Best R&B Song Grammy Award at the 25th Grammy Awards in 1983 for Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon, and Steve Lukather as its composers.

“Turn Your Love Around” reached number one on the soul singles charts and number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in early 1982, as well as the top ten on the jazz chart. It is ranked as the 27th biggest hit of 1982. In Canada, the song spent two weeks at number 10.

The original inspiration for the song came to co-songwriter Jay Graydon in the bathroom. He explained to Songfacts: “‘Turn Your Love Around’ was a gift, and it’s the gift that keeps giving. I was in the bathroom when I came up with the melody, and I was sitting down, if you get my drift. Well, I got off the can as fast as I could and got to a cassette machine so I wouldn’t forget it. George Benson was coming in town Tuesday, so I had four days to come up with a song for The George Benson Collection. And I was gettin’ nothing. And then bang! I just came up with this melody for the chorus when I was in the bathroom.”

The song was one of the first pop hits to feature a Linn LM-1 drum machine, programmed by session drummer Jeff Porcaro.

This song was sampled on the album version of Lil’ Kim’s “Not Tonight” and on the Japanese 1 million hit song “Da.Yo.Ne.” by East End X Yuri in 1994.

Album

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Musicians

Bass (synthesizer)David Paich
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
PianoJai Winding
PercussionMike Baird
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsNetty Gloud
Background VocalsBill Champlin

Produced By

Jay Graydon

Songwriters

Jay Graydon
Steve Lukather
Bill Champlin

Charts

US: #5
UK: #29