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The song was written by James Mtume and Reggie Lucastwo former members of Miles Davis 's band, who were members of Flack's band at the time. Produced by Atlantic Recordsthe song was released on Flack's album Blue Lights in the Basementand as a single in It became a major crossover hit, becoming Flack's biggest commercial hit after her success with her 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 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 on Mayand became one of their most familiar duets. Flack's manager David Franklin, who had worked with Hathaway in the past, decided to re-write the song to include him. Hathaway had been suffering from severe bouts of clinical depression at the time, which often forced him to be hospitalized. The depression also caused mood swings, which adversely affected his partnership with Flack,  who, following Hathaway's The Closer I Get To You - Beyoncé - Dangerously In Love , would tell Jet magazine:.
I tried to reach out to Donny. That's how we managed to do the song we did last year. I felt this need because I didn't know what to do. I couldn't save him, I knew he was sick. But I knew when he sat down at that piano and sang for me it was like it was eight or nine years ago because he sang and played his ass off. In fact Hathaway's suffering had made it impossible for him to travel The Easst - Koga Briga Chicago to New York City to join Flack in the studio to record "The Closer I Get to You": Flack recorded her part of the song with a session singer as a stopgap duet partner, the track being sent to Chicago for Hathaway to add his vocal and then back to New York City for its final mixing.
Flack announced that "The Closer I Get to You" would forever be a dedication to Hathaway, and that all money made from the song would be donated to Hathaway's widow and two children.
Godek, included the song in a list of "Best Love Song Duets". Hathaway had died by the time the music video was shot, so as his verse plays, the camera zooms into a Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound - 5 of Hathaway located on a table behind Flack's shoulder. Flack performs the rest of the song sitting by the piano, and the camera's direction occasionally looks over a candle flame during Hathaway's verses.
The video ends with Flack's mouthing some of Hathaway's lyrics as she fades into the camera's view of the room lit by a single candle. A version of Flack's performing the song live circulated Utah - The Osmonds - Crazy Horses its promotional music video. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine called the song "dated" and wrote that it felt out of place on Dangerously in Love.
Sure, her vocals are on point and the music is adequately slick. Jason King of Vibe magazine wrote that Knowles had some "cojones" to follow up a Jay-Z duet with a Luther Vandross duet on the album's track-listing. The next week it moved up to number 68,  and on August 7 it peaked at number Credits taken from Dangerously in Love liner notes.
InToshinobu Kubota and Lynn Davis performed a live duet rendition of the song. Fourplay's cover of the song was described as an "undistinguished version" of the original song by Allmusic's Steven McDonald. Contemporary jazz guitarist Peter White covered the song on his rendition-packed album Reflections. In the film Rush Hour 3when Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan are at the French theater and the play has stopped, the song is sung by Tucker and Chan, with Tucker singing it in a The Closer I Get To You - Beyoncé - Dangerously In Love voice.
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