COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me’
The song, “When You Tell Me That You Love Me”, was originally recorded by Diana Ross in 1991
Songwriters Albert Hammond (b.1944) and John Bettis (b.1946) wrote the ballad “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” for Diana Ross’ 1991 album, “The Force Behind The Power”. It was released as the lead single in November that year and spent two weeks at No.2 in the UK, becoming her biggest hit there since “Chain Reaction” in 1985. It made No.26 in America and also went top ten across much of Europe.
In 2005, Irish boy band Westlife recorded a version of the song for their album, “Face To Face”, with, none other than Diana herself! This new recording also peaked at No.2 in the UK, fourteen years after the original had done, and just missed being Christmas number one by a few hundred copies (in 1991 it was held off the top by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”). The song also charted at No.2 in their native Irish Republic.
But which version is the best? Diana’s ORIGINAL or WESTLIFE and DIANA’s 2005 version?