Charlene – I’ve Never Been To Me (1977/1982)

This seems to be a polarizing song, people either love it or hate it. I expect a lot of thumbs up and thumbs down on this one :) Lyrics Below. From Wiki: Charlene Marilynn D’Angelo (born June 1, 1950, Hollywood, California) is an American R&B singer best known as Charlene. She is known for her 1982 popular song “I’ve Never Been to Me”, and is considered a one-hit-wonder. Charlene originally recorded “I’ve Never Been to Me” in 1976, and the single reached #97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1977. When released again in 1982, the single reached #3 in the United States (US), and #1 by June 1982, in the UK Singles Chart. The song has been her only Top 40 hit. In 1982, Tampa, Florida disc jockey Scott Shannon, then at WRBQ, started playing the song at the behest of a girlfriend, by which time Charlene had lost her recording contract, moved to England and was working in a sweetshop in Ilford, London. Audience reaction was impressive, resulting in the song’s second release with the original spoken bridge. The second release was a hit in England as well. When the song was first released in the US in 1976, Charlene’s legal name was Charlene Duncan from her marriage to record producer Larry Duncan; by the time the song was released in 1982, her name was Charlene Oliver by her subsequent marriage to Englishman Jeff Oliver. The single reached the top of the US pop and adult contemporary charts that year, and the concurrent release of her album I’ve Never Been to Me, was
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12 Responses to Charlene – I’ve Never Been To Me (1977/1982)

  1. cbabick says:

    At least it has a good message. I can relate to it in some ways.

  2. alejandra7221 says:

    the lyric is very beautiful and meaningful.

  3. HandymanHaugen says:

    Just gotta say … gr8 song!!!! PERIOD!!!!!!!

  4. cubitme says:

    Outstanding write up, mate. For the first time I do not have the need to read Wiki.

  5. HHH100 says:

    @4444coldstream And speaking of abortion. Abortion is not necessary for two reasons:
    #1 It is very easy NOT to get pregnant, you just need some common sense and a brain
    #2 Many people want to adopt because they can not have children of their own.

    Stay away as much as possible from the public schools, your life will be better off….

  6. HHH100 says:

    @cocavecrawler No. This song has nothing to do with abortion. This song is about how women need to stop seeking things in life that do not exist and are unimportant. In other words, wanting material things and to travel the world because they believe the grass is greener and it gives fulfillment. This is the LIE that – gets you with no family, loss of precious time, useless possessions and in the end dying alone and by yourself… A strong traditional marriage and family is Soooo much better..

  7. 4444coldstream says:

    Basically anti-abortion, but this song is BEAUTIFUL!

  8. cocavecrawler says:

    The reason the song was not popular the first time is because of its reference to abortion. In fact,I think they changed the words at one point to remove the reference.

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  10. jadeone1 says:

    beautiful voice and song….


  11. LgOptimusUser says:

    Me too

  12. labourRED1 says:

    i love this

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