Song of the Day, August 14: I Really Don’t Need No Light by Jeffrey Osborne

Today’s song is I Really Don’t Need No Light by Jeffrey Osborne. His first single from his solo debut after leaving LTD, it peaked at #39 on the Hot 100 on this date in 1982. Osborne co-wrote the song with David “Hawk” Wolinski, a talented keyboard player and songwriter. Wolinski is best known as a member of Rufus; he wrote a number of songs for the band including their smash Ain’t Nobody.

Merging the sensibilities of writers from the two great R&B dance bands created a memorable song with a spectacular groove. It’s very much a “you done me wrong” song, delivered with power and grace. Osborne is in fine voice, launching the new stage of his career with promise and strength.

Now you’re so full of schemes
I see right through you like a thin screen
All of your alibis are long gone

I really don’t need no light to see through you
I really don’t need your love to see me through
I really don’t need your heart to set me free
I really don’t need the way it used to be

I Really Don’t Need No Light was even more successful on the R&B charts where it made it to #3. Enjoy this great song today.


Billboard #1s for the Week Ending August 14, 1982

This week’s Time Capsule!





Hot 100 Eye of the Tiger Survivor 4
R & B And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going Jennifer Holliday


Country I’m Gonna Hire A Wino to Decorate Our Home David Frizzell


Adult Contemporary Even the Nights Are Better Air Supply


Rock Think I’m In Love Eddie Money


Album Mirage Fleetwood Mac


This week sees the lead singer of a successful 70s R&B group notch his first solo hit on the Top 40. Jeffrey Osborne was the drummer and lead singer of LTD (which stood for Love, Tenderness, and Devotion) from 1970 until his departure in 1980; his vocals were featured on the band’s biggest hit (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again, which made #4 on the Hot 100 and topped the R&B charts for two weeks.

His first solo album, Jeffrey Osborne, was released in June 1982 and made it to #49. Its first single, I Really Don’t Need No Light peaked at #39 this week on the Hot 100. It made it to #3 on the R&B chart, the first of 24 hits on that chart (11 Top 10 and one #1, She’s On the Left). Although he was a staple of Top 40 radio in the 80s, Osborne never broke into the Top 10. His biggest hits were the Dionne Warwick duet Love Power [#12 in 1987] and You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song) [#13 in 1986]. He logged eight Top 40 hits and six Hot 100 albums during the decade. He still records and performs today.


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