All the Man That I Need was first recorded by Linda Clifford in 1982, for her album I’ll Keep on Loving You. In 1991, Whitney Houston had a number one multiple chart hit with the song, from her 1990 album, I’m Your Baby Tonight. Whitney’s version featured production from Narada Michael Walden and the single became a major worldwide hit.
Whitney Houston – All The Man That I Need
Linda Clifford says, “‘All the Man I Need was actually written for my husband (Nick Coconato) and myself. I recorded it in 1980, when I recorded Red Light from the movie Fame. Whitney Houston recorded it years later.” As Linda states, writers Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford actually wrote that song for Linda and Nick for the I’ll Keep Loving You album. Linda had gotten out of a bad marriage some years earlier and when Michael and Dean saw how happy Linda and Nick were together; the song kind of wrote itself.
Linda Clifford: All the Man I Need (1981)