Turn Your Love Around

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"Turn Your Love Around" is a Pop/R&B single by George Benson. The song was written by Grammy winners Bill Champlin of Chicago, Steve Lukather of Toto and producer and guitarist Jay Graydon to help fill out Benson's 1981 greatest hits album, The George Benson Collection. The song won a Best R&B Song Grammy Award at the 25th Grammy Awards in 1983 for Champlin, Graydon, and Lukather as its co-writers.

"Turn Your Love Around" reached number one on the soul singles charts and number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in early 1982, as well as the top ten on the jazz chart.[2] It is ranked as the 27th biggest hit of 1982. In Canada, the song spent two weeks at number 10.[3]

The original inspiration for the song came to co-songwriter Jay Graydon in the bathroom. He explained to Songfacts: "'Turn Your Love Around' was a gift, and it's the gift that keeps giving. I was in the bathroom when I came up with the melody, and I was sitting down, if you get my drift. Well, I got off the can as fast as I could and got to a cassette machine so I wouldn't forget it. George Benson was coming in town Tuesday, so I had four days to come up with a song for The George Benson Collection. And I was gettin' nothing. And then bang! I just came up with this melody for the chorus when I was in the bathroom."[4]

The song was one of the first pop hits to feature a Linn LM-1 drum machine, programmed by session drummer Jeff Porcaro.[5]

"Turn Your Love Around"
Turn Your Love Around
Single by George Benson
from the album The George Benson Collection
B-side "Nature Boy"
Released October 1981 [1]
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Genre Pop, R&B, Funk, Smooth Jazz
Length 3:50
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Bill Champlin
Jay Graydon
Steve Lukather
Producer(s) Jay Graydon
George Benson singles chronology
"Love All the Hurt Away"
"Turn Your Love Around"
"What's On Your Mind"
"Love All the Hurt Away"
"Turn Your Love Around"
"What's On Your Mind"

Chart performance

Weekly singles charts

Chart (1981-82) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 21
Canada Top Singles 10
Canada Adult Contemporary[7] 5
New Zealand [8] 13
UK 29
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[10] 9
U.S. Billboard R&B 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 5

Year-end charts

Chart (1981) Rank
Australia [11] 142
U.S. Cash Box [12] 70
Chart (1982) Rank
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [13] 27

Later uses

This song was sampled on the album version of Lil' Kim's "Not Tonight", Spice 1's "The Thug In Me" and on the Japanese 1 million hit song "Da.Yo.Ne." by East End X Yuri in 1994.

A version of "Turn Your Love Around" by Tony Di Bart was released in 1996.


  1. ^ "Turn Your Love Around (song by George Benson) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 53.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  4. ^ "Turn Your Love Around". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Item: 9744 - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  8. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1981-12-06. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 28.
  11. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1982/Top 100 Songs of 1982". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25.

External links

Preceded by
"Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
January 23, 1982
Succeeded by
"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates

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