Kool & The Gang – Joanna

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Joanna is an R&B/Pop song by Kool & the Gang. It was released in 1983 on the album, In the Heart, and as a single on December 17, 1983. It peaked at #2 in the US for one week, behind “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club.

Joanna Lyrics

Joanna, I love you
You’re the one, the one for me

I’m in love, and I won’t lie
She’s my girl and always on my mind
She gives me her love and a feeling that’s right
Never lets me down, especially at night

So, I’m gonna do the best I can
To please that girl and be her only man, see
She cheers me up when I feel alone
And that’s why baby I’ve got to let you know

Joanna, I love you
You’re the one, the one for me, my baby

She’s the one, the one for me
She’s the kind of girl makes you feel nice, so
I’ll try my best to do what’s right
Take her for a ride, everything’s fine

Joanna, I love you
You’re the one, the one for me

Searched so far, searched so long
To find someone, someone to count on
Now I feel I’ve got it right here
Found it in you, baby, you, my dear

We can do all night, so nice
We’ll have it all and everything will be alright
I’m promising you, take it from me
Take it home, baby take it home, baby

She’s the one, the one for me
She’s the kind of girl makes you feel nice, so
I’ll try my best to do what’s right
Take her for a ride, everything’s fine

Oh Joanna
Oh Joanna

Joanna, I love you
You’re the one, the one for me

Joanna, yes I love you, I love you
You’re the one, the one for me
Believe me babe

 

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1979–1986: J.T. Taylor and commercial peak[edit]

To help their situation, Kool & the Gang changed musical direction in two distinct ways. After several years of consideration, they decided to bring in a dedicated lead vocalist to become more of a focal point to their music. By 1979, South Carolina-born singer James “J.T.” Taylor had joined the group who noted that vocals added more warmth to the songs, especially to ballads which the group had avoided as no one could sing them properly. Taylor also recalled some resistance from some members, and the group of female singers they had used on The Force and Everybody’s Dancin.[24] The change in style developed further when the band entered a four-album association with Brazilian musician Eumir Deodato as their producer, who helped them move towards mainstream pop and dance-oriented music, with greater emphasis on catchy hooks and chorus lines.[25] The first choice for a new, outside producer was Stevie Wonder but he was too busy.[24] In 1979, the band recorded and released Ladies’ Night, which became their most successful album since their formation helped by the singles “Too Hot” and “Ladies’ Night” which went to No. 5 and No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively.[26] In January 1980, Ladies’ Night was certified platinum by the RIAA for selling one million copies in the US.[17][4]

In September 1980, the band released their second collaborative album with Deodato, Celebrate!. It became a bigger commercial success than Ladies’ Night; the lead single “Celebration” remains the band’s only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song originated from the lyric “Come on, let’s all celebrate” from “Ladies’ Night” which inspired Robert Bell to write a song that he described as “an international anthem”.[13][26] The band developed the song on a tour bus after attending the American Music Awards.[27] The song was used in national media coverage for the 1980 World Series, the 1981 Super Bowl, the 1981 NBA Championship, and the 1981 return of the Iran hostages.[13]

After the release of Something Special (1981), that continued the level of success of the previous two albums, the band recorded their fourth and final album with Deodato, As One(1982). The latter struggled to reach gold certification in the US, which led to the band’s decision to end their time with Deodato as they had enough with the direction they had adopted.[24] They then decided to produce their next album, In the Heart (1983), by themselves with Jim Bonnefond as co-producer. The album contained the US top five single “Joanna“. The song was declared the most played pop song in 1984 by Broadcast Music International.[28] Bonnefond stayed with the group for Emergency (1984), which remains their highest selling album with over two million copies sold in the US. It spawned four US top 20 singles, including “Emergency”, “Cherish“, “Fresh“, and “Misled”. This feat made Kool & the Gang the only band to have four top 20 singles from a single album in 1985.[29]

In June 1984, Kool & the Gang took time off from recording Emergency to perform at Wembley Stadium as part of a sold out summer concert organised by Elton John.[29] That November, during a visit to Phonogram‘s offices in London, Bob Geldof arrived to pitch his idea of the multi-artist charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to the label. He asked the group to participate, making them the only American artists performing on the song.[29][30] In 1985, Bell said the band retained control of their own business affairs, avoiding to hire management on a full-time basis and preferring to hire consultants and agents for each project or a single term.[31] By 1986, the band had scored 14 top 40 singles in the US since 1980, more than Michael Jackson.[32]

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