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"Woman to Woman"
Single by Shirley Brown
from the album Woman to Woman
Released 1974
Genre Soul
Length 3:53
Label Stax
Writer(s) Homer Banks
Eddie Marion
Henderson Thigpen
This article is about the song by Shirley Brown. For other uses of the term, see Woman to woman (disambiguation).

"Woman to Woman" is a song written by James Banks, Eddie Marion and Henderson Thigpen (who also wrote hits for Little Milton, the Bar-Kays and others). It was recorded by R&B/blues singer Shirley Brown. It was written for Inez Foxx, who turned it down. Brown's single spent two weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in November of 1974 and peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. [1]. The song is notable for being the last big hit for Stax Records. Woman to Woman was also the title of Brown's debut album the same year. This song is noted for its spoken narration in the introduction.

In early 1978, a country version of this song would become a hit for Barbara Mandrell, peaking at #4 on the Billboard country music charts and crossing over into the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at #92 on this chart. The spoken introduction is also used in Mandrell's version of the song as well.

In 1994, a cover by Jewell featured on the soundtrack to the film Murder Was the Case starring Snoop Doggy Dogg. Jewell's version sampled Shirley Brown's original and peaked at #16 on the R&B chart and #72 on the Billboard Hot 100.

(It should be noted that 1975's song "From His Woman to You" (sung by Barbara Mason) was recorded in response to "Woman to Woman" - primarily because Shirley's voice is now heard over the telephone at the beginning of the song and Barbara is now giving her side of the story.)

Chart positions

Charts Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 22
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1 (2)
Preceded by
"Let's Straighten It Out" by Latimore
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number one single
November 16 - November 23, 1974
Succeeded by
"I Feel a Song (In My Heart)" by Gladys Knight & the Pips

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85. 
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