Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder's duet of 'We Didn't Know' is mind-blowing
20 November 2020, 17:28 | Updated: 22 November 2020, 16:35
Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder's 1990 performance of 'We Didn't Know' is a forgotten masterpiece.
But sometimes duets happen just once, and are largely forgotten over time. However, thanks to the age of YouTube and social media, we can be reminded of these pop gems again.
'We Didn't Know' was a mild hit in the States for the duo in 1992, having recorded it for Whitney's album I'm Your Baby Tonight two years previously. It wasn't a success in the UK.
The single was released on April 14, 1992 in the US and peaked at number 20 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart.
The song was written by Stevie, and is about two long-time friends that realize that they have romantic feelings for each other, and that they "didn't know" until now.
Despite not setting the charts alight, James Hunter from Rolling Stone adored the song and praised it with a glowing review: "Wonder, who practically invented the keyboard-based pop that Houston and her fans hear as natural and contemporary, understands Houston totally.
No music video was made for the song, but you can listen to it in full below:
"He knows what she likes about the expressive properties of ballads, about the passion of rock... So, as he's done before in his own music and with other singers, he puts all of this... at the service of "We Didn't Know," which is about when "innocent friends/Turn serious lovers."
"Chances are — and with any luck — this emotionally engaged song on Whitney Houston's consistent and resourceful album will affect the music she sings for the rest of her life."