The song, “If You Ask Me To”, was originally recorded by Patti LaBelle in 1989
“If You Ask Me To” is a song written by the infamous Diane Warren for the soundtrack of the 1989 James Bond film ‘Licence To Kill‘ and recorded by US single Patti LaBelle (b.1944). It was used over the closing credits as 007 (Timothy Dalton) and Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) have completed their mission and are allowed some ‘private’ time! The song, like the film, was not a great success, peaking at No.79 on the US chart.
Three years later, Celine Dion, recorded the song for her second, self-titled, English language album and released it as the second single in the Spring of 1992. Her version went to No.4 Stateside and No.1 in her home country of Canada. It fared less well in the UK, where it peaked at No.57, where Celinemania was still another three years away there.
But whose is the better version? PATTI LABELLE’s original or CELINE’s cover?