Story of the Songs

Discover the classic hits of THE BODYGUARD.

1860

Jesus Loves Me

Written and composed by Bebe Winans and Cedric Caldwell.

'Jesus Loves Me' is a Christian hymn set to words by Anna Bartlett Warner. The lyrics first appeared as a poem in the context of a novel called 'Say and Seal', written by Susan Warner and published in 1860. The tune was added in 1862 by William Batchelder Bradbury. After publication the song became one of the most popular Christian hymns in churches around the world.

PUBLISHED BY BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT (UK) LTD AND EMI SONGS LTD.

1974

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

Written and composed by Dolly Parton.

The Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" was originally intended as the lead single from The Bodyguard, however it was being used for another film, so attention turned to Dolly Parton's 'I Will Always Love You'. Dolly had written the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time. David Foster rearranged the song as a soul ballad and it became a massive worldwide success, appearing at number 68 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time.

PUBLISHED BY CARLIN MUSIC CORPORATION.

1978

I'M EVERY WOMAN

Written and composed by Ashford and Simpson.

Recorded by Chaka Khan in 1978, 'I'm Every Woman' was Chaka Khan's first hit outside of her recordings with funk band Rufus. The soul/disco song reached number twenty-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. Whitney Houston would later record the song in 1992, turning it into a hit for a new generation.

PUBLISHED BY EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD.

SAVING ALL MY LOVE

Written and composed by Masser and Goffin.

Written and composed by Masser and Goffin.

'Saving All My Love' was originally recorded by Marylin McCoo and Billy Davis Jr in 1978. It won the 1985 Grammy award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSAL/MCA MUSIC LTD AND SCREEN GEMS-EMI MUSIC LTD.

1982

ALL THE MAN THAT I NEED

By Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore.

The song was first recorded by Linda Clifford in 1982 for her album 'I'll Keep on Loving You'.

PUBLISHED BY WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP (BMI), BODY ELECTRIC MUSIC (BMI) AND FIFTH OF MARCH MUSIC (BMI). ALL RIGHTS ADMINISTERED BY WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP.

1985

ALL AT ONCE

Written and composed by Osborne and Masser.

‘All At Once' was released as a single in Japan and across several European countries from 1985-1986. Although it did not receive an official release in the U.S., the song did receive significant radio play there.

PUBLISHED BY MUSIC SALES CORPORATION AND UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD/MCA MUSIC LTD.

HOW WILL I KNOW

Written and composed by Merrill/Rubicam/Walden.

The up-tempo dance number was originally written for Janet Jackson. The song received nominations at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in the categories of Best Female Video and Best New Artist in a Video, winning in the former category.

PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD AND WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC LTD.

1987

I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY

Written and composed by Merrill and Rubicam.

The original arrangement of 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' was more of a country tune, but was later transformed by Walden to make it a dance song. The song received mixed reviews from critics. Despite this the song won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 30th Grammy Awards, and became Whitney's fourth consecutive number one single, selling over one million copies.

PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD.

SO EMOTIONAL

Written and composed by Steinberg and Kelly.

'So Emotional' reached number five in the UK and number one in the Billboard Hot 100, where it became the sixth consecutive number one for Whitney Houston, and a dance chart hit. It would go and finish as the sixth bestselling song of the year and the fourth most played in clubs.

PUBLISHED BY SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING (UK) LTD.

1988

ONE MOMENT IN TIME

Written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis.

This emotional track about believing in yourself against all odds was recorded by Whitney for the soundtrack of the 1988 Summer Paralympic games held in Seoul, South Korea. Whitney sang it live at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics alongside artists such as The Four Tops, The Bee Gees, Eric Carmen and Taylor Dayne. The song was inspired by Elvis Presley, who Hammond imagined would have sung it at the ceremony.

ALBERT HAMMOND/ALBERT HAMMOND MUSIC/HORNALL BROTHERS MUSIC LTD. JOHN BETTIS/JOHN BETTIS MUSIC/WARNER BROTHERS.

1990

I'M YOUR BABY TONIGHT

Written and Composed by Babyface and L A Reid.

The single reached number 1 in the Billboard charts and number 10 worldwide. The song received mixed reviews, nevertheless it became a huge hit.

PUBLISHED BY SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING (UK) LTD AND WARNER/ CHAPPELL MUSIC LTD.

1993

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

Written and composed by Houston/Reid/ Simmons/Edmonds.

This R&B dance track was first released as a single, where it was played so often on the radio that it rose to number 36 on Hot 100 Airplay. However, because of Billboard magazine rules (which have since been modified) it could not chart on the main Billboard Hot 100 because no commercial single was available.

PUBLISHED BY SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING (UK) LTD, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING MGB LTD AND WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC LTD.

I HAVE NOTHING

Written and composed by David Foster and Linda Thompson.

The song was nominated for various awards, including Best Original Song at the 1993 Academy Awards, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television at the 36th Grammy Awards of 1994, and Best R&B Single, Female at the 1994 Soul Train Music Awards. It is a popular choice of song to sing on reality TV shows, especially American Idol, where it has been sung six times since 2003.

PUBLISHED BY PEERMUSIC III, LTD, UNIVERSAL/MCA MUSIC LTD AND WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC LTD.

RUN TO YOU

Written and composed by Jud Friedman and Allan Rich.

‘Run To You' was originally intended as a break up song. A month after its release, the producer of The Bodyguard, Mick Jackson, called saying that he loved the song for the show, but would prefer it as a love song. The song was then completely re-written except for the title. Peaking at number 31 in the charts, 'Run To You' was nominated for the 1992 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

PUBLISHED BY SONGS OF PEER, LTD/MUSIC BY CANDLELIGHT (ADMINISTERED BY SONGS OF PEER, LTD) AND UNIVERSAL/MCA MUSIC LTD.

1998

OH YES

Written and composed by Bradshaw/Turner/ Elliott.

'Oh Yes' was released on the album 'My Love is Your Love' and despite poor initial sales, it became an international hit. The album received rave reviews from critics and the album received seven nominations at the 42nd Grammy Awards. These included Best R&B Album, winning one award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

PUBLISHED BY BUTTER JINX MUSIC (BMI), [EMI BLACKWOOD] AND MASS CONFUSION PRODUCTIONS.