Although its original release in barely registered on the Billboard Hotits re-release in hit number three in the US and earned her a Gold certification in Australia,  where it held the number one spot for six weeks. In addition, the song topped the charts in Canada 4 weeksIreland 3 weeks and the United Kingdom. The song is best known as lyrically formatted for a female vocalist and as such is addressed to a desperate wife and mother who would like to trade her prosaic existence for the jet setting lifestyle the song's narrator has led.
The narrator alludes to various hedonistic episodes in her life, concluding that while she's "been to paradise", she's ultimately failed to find self-fulfillment, expressing this with the line, "I've never been to me. Charlene had recorded "I've Never Been to Me" in for her debut album, the self-titled Charlenea Prodigal release P6 S1and the ballad Rose - Ive Never Been To Me a controversial spoken section.
Songs of Love PS1 came out six months later in and was essentially a re-issue of Charlenehaving a slightly different track listing but retaining "I've Never Been to Me" without the spoken bridge. Lasker located Charlene who, discouraged by the poor performance of her Motown releases and by the label's decision not to release a second album she had recorded, had Shadow Washes - Phillip Wilkerson - Still Point the music industry and met and married an Englishman, subsequently accompanying him to his native land and Nightmare - Sarcófago - Nazarenus Torment Continue - The Unreleased Album a job at a sweet shop in Ilford.
Lasker personally telephoned her with Rose - Ive Never Been To Me invitation to re-sign with Motown Records to facilitate the re-release of her "I've Never Been To Me" single, which was done in the spring of The Billboard Hot dated March 6,showed "I've Never Been to Me" by Charlene debuting at 84 — already 13 places higher than its peak in its original release.
It subsequently rose as high as 3 on the Hotwhere it held for three weeks during May and June. When the song was revived inthe version being played on radio was the take with the monologue from the Prodigal LP CharleneP6 S1so it was the one Motown re-issued, not the Songs of Love single version from Prodigal, PS1.
As Charlene was unable to successfully follow up the success of "I've Never Been to Me" — her only subsequent Hot entry "Used to Be" a duet with Stevie Wonder got as high as 46 — she remains a high-profile one-hit wonder. From Wikipedia, Thats My Girl - Nat King Cole* - Penthouse Serenade free encyclopedia.
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