The Closer I Get to You

"The Closer I Get to You" is a romantic ballad performed by singer-songwriter Roberta Flack and soul musician Donny Hathaway. The song was written by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, two former members of Miles Davis's band, who were members of Flack's band at the time. Produced by Atlantic Records, the song was released on Flack's 1977 album Blue Lights in the Basement, and as a single in 1978. It became a major crossover hit, becoming Flack's biggest commercial hit after her success with her 1973 solo single, "Killing Me Softly with His Song". Originally set as a solo single, Flack's manager, David Franklin, suggested a duet with Hathaway, which resulted in the finished work.

"The Closer I Get to You"
A-side label of U.S. vinyl single
Single by Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway
from the album Blue Lights in the Basement
B-side"Love Is the Healing"
ReleasedFebruary 1978
Recorded1977
GenreSoul, R&B
Length4:41
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Roberta Flack singles chronology
"25th of Last December"
(1977)
"The Closer I Get to You"
(1978)
"If Ever I See You Again"
(1978)
Donny Hathaway singles chronology
"Come Little Children"
(1974)
"The Closer I Get to You"
(1978)
"You Were Meant for Me"
(1978)

"The Closer I Get to You" spent two weeks as number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in April 1978, and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" and Wings' "With a Little Luck". The song charted in the top ten spots for fourteen weeks in Canada and one week in France. It was eventually certified gold in the United States in May 1978, and became one of their most familiar duets.


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