1986 Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – On My Own (US:#1 UK:#2)

“On My Own” was a Billboard #1 hit duet by singers Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald when it was released as a single in 1986. It was released from LaBelle’s first platinum album, Winner in You and was written and produced by Burt Bacharach and his former wife Carole Bayer Sager. The song was originally recorded by singer Dionne Warwick for inclusion on her album Friends. It is unclear why the song was not included on the final track list. The song was based on a relationship that had reached its end with both parties going their separate ways in a melancholy state with the occasional option of coming back together again one day.

It was often stated the two performers were in separate cities when they recorded their individual parts which were then “married” during mixing. This was reflected in the music video produced to promote the song, which depicted LaBelle and McDonald performing the song simultaneously on different coasts. The singers were shown on separate sides of a split screen, each singing the song while walking through apartments which had identical layouts but different decor and furniture. The views from their respective porches, where they finished the song, made clear their separation by the continent.





BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsCarlos Vega
GuitarDann Huff
PianoBurt Bacharach
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsClydene Jackson
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsCarla Benson
Background VocalsEvette Benton
Background VocalsBarbara Ingram
VocalsMichael McDonald
VocalsPatti LaBelle

Produced By

Burt Bacharach
Carole Bayer Sager