DAWN PENN, You Don’t Love Me (No, No No), 45 Vinyl

You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” is a song by Jamaican recording artist Dawn Penn, released as the first single from her first studio album, No, No, No (1994). The song’s lyrics are credited to Penn, Bo Diddley and Willie Cobbs, and production was handled by Steely & Clevie.

Penn had originally recorded a version of Cobbs’ 1960 song “You Don’t Love Me” in 1967, incorporating elements of its music and lyrics. It is claimed that the Cobbs song was, in turn, based on Diddley’s 1955 song “She’s Fine, She’s Mine”. Thus, both are credited as songwriters on Penn’s recording. In 1994, after a 17-year break from the music industry, she re-recorded a dancehall version of the song retitled “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”.

Penn’s 1994 version of the song became a commercial success worldwide. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart. The song also reached the top 20 in Austria and Switzerland, and the top 40 in the Netherlands and New Zealand. In the United States, the single also charted at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 42 on the Hot R&B Singles chart. Multiple recording artists have performed cover versions and sampled “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” in their own works. Barbadian singer Rihanna remade the song for her debut studio album, Music of the Sun (2005), and American entertainer Beyoncé performed the song on her I Am… World Tour concert tour (2009–10). NME magazine ranked it at number 24 in their list of the 50 best songs of 1994.


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