Song Lyric Sunday | “Lovin’ You” – Minnie Riperton

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  La.


Happy New Year and welcome to the first Song Lyric Sunday of 2020!

To me, this week’s prompt has more than one meaning.

It could be an abbreviation for the state of Louisiana or for the city/county of Los Angeles, or

La la is a style of Louisiana Creole music, or

La (Javanese) (ꦭ), is a letter in the Javanese scrip, or

La is the feminine definitive in several languages, or

La is a genus of moths.

But, of course, I went the musical route where it’s an enhancer/filler for holiday songs, love songs or silly, fun songs.

Minnie Riperton was semi-retired, raising two young children with her husband, Richard Rudolph, in Florida when they completed writing Lovin’ You.

After signing a contract with Epic Records a few years later, the couple moved to Los Angeles to record the album Perfect Angel. When Epic asked Riperton whom she wanted to produce the album, she named Stevie Wonder. Wonder, then at the height of his popularity, was a fan of Riperton’s work, and agreed to the collaboration.

Lovin’ You made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 18, 1975; twelve weeks later, on April 5, 1975, it peaked at number one. The song remained on the Hot 100 for a total of eighteen weeks.



  • Due to contractual obligations, Wonder’s name could not appear on the credits, so he’s listed as “Black Bull Productions” (Wonder’s zodiac sign is Taurus, thus the bull).
  • Lovin’ You was one of the first songs to top the US Billboard Hot 100 without the help of a percussion instrument.
  • Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live is the daughter of Riperton and Rudolph, and Riperton mentions her in the lyrics. In the end, she sings “Ma-ah-aha-aha-ah-ya.”
  • Riperton died of cancer in 1979 at age 31. While this was her only hit, she is still held in high regard in the music community.

The video is from a 1975 live performance on Midnight Special. Generally, we see live performances differ from recordings because artists can’t re-create some of the higher notes we’ve grown accustomed to. Minne Riperton doesn’t have that problem here, in fact, she even adds a couple!


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Lovin’ You

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia,, and YouTube.

16 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Lovin’ You” – Minnie Riperton

  1. I love that “Do do do do do” after all of those la’s. Wow this song takes me back to the good old days when it was always on the radio. I love the Baby’s Breath flowers in her hair. Nice song Felicia.


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