Written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Randy Goodrum
“Who’s Holding Donna Now” was a 1985 hit single by r&b group, DeBarge. Co-written by David Foster with friends Jay Graydon and Randy Goodrum, Graydon went on to produce it for DeBarge’s Rhythm Of The Night album. “Who’s Holding Donna Now,” with its melodic strength, soulful atmosphere and catchy arrangement provided by Foster and Graydon, became a multi-format hit. The song hit #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #2 R&B and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. DeBarge’s original version was reviewed on these pages and can be found in the archives.
This week we present a review of an instrumental cover by David Foster for his 1990 solo Rechordings cd. This release focuses some of the most cherished songs from The Hitman’s past repertoire. Foster reinvented the songs through stripped down arrangements and added some delicious acoustic piano-driven performances.
Foster’s acoustic piano mastery backed up by programmed percussions and various synths plus the added bonus of a great performance on acoustic guitar by session legend Dean Parks gave “Who’s Holding Donna Now” a unique feel. The song’s tempo was slowed down some here compared to DeBarge’s original, thus giving the song a smoothness and stronger adult pop feel. The gorgeous performance of Foster on piano and synthesizer are perfect bliss and made this listening experience a memorable one.
Other giant hits reworked on Rechordings included “After The Love Has Gone,” originally sung by Earth, Wind & Fire. Also heard on the cd were Chicago’s “You’re The Inspiration” and “Hard To Say I’m Sorry.”
- Acoustic Piano, Keyboards & Synths: David Foster
- Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
- Synclavier Programming: Simon Franglen
- Produced & Arranged by David Foster
- Co-produced by David Reitzas
- Co-Produced & Co-Arranged by Simon Franglen