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Will You Marry Me?


Singles from Spellbound

Rush Rush
The Promise of a New Day
Blowing Kisses in the Wind
Will You Marry Me?

Studio Albums

Forever Your Girl
Head Over Heels
Unreleased Album

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Will You Marry Me?

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"Will You Marry Me?" is a ballad and was the fifth and final single released from the Spellbound album. The song was written by Abdul; Peter Lord; Sandra St. Victor and V. Jeffrey Smith.  Stevie Wonder made a special guest appearance on the track playing the harmonica.
Emilio Estevez and Paula Abdul
The single was released commercially on March 19, 1992. A perfectly timed release, “Will You Marry Me?” hit the airwaves as the media frenzy began over Paula Abdul’s engagement to actor Emilio Estevez. The two wed in a California court on April 29th, 1992 and divorced two years later on May of 1994.

Like the previous single "Vibeology", the single reached the top 20 (peaking at number 19), becoming a modest hit for Abdul.

Still image from the Will You Marry Me music videoThe music video was directed by BIG TV! aka Andy Delaney and Monty Whitebloom and produced by Jeremy Barrett for Limelight. The music video for the song featured a digital composite of 5 versions of Abdul wearing similarly colored white outfits.

In some segments Abdul dances with a clear “see-through” human. Each "version" of Abdul performed a different style of dance to the song (ballet, jazz etc...) and ultimately settled into a choreographed routine in which they danced with one another.

The video was never released commercially on VHS or DVD although it is available for download on iTunes.

Import copies of the Spellbound album include “Good Night My Love,” a song Paula recorded for the Pediatric Aids Foundation. “Good Night My Love” was included on the “For Our Children” album. “Good Night My Love” was written and produced by Don Was and also appears on the B-side of the “Will You Marry Me?” single.

Single Releases & Tracklisting

Will You Marry Me?

US Cassette 4-98584:

1. Will You Marry Me? - Album Version  [Lyrics]
2. Goodnight, My Love (Pleasant Dreams)  [Lyrics]

UK 5" CD VUSCD 58:

1. Will You Marry Me? - Edit
2. The Promise of a New Day - East Coast Remix
3. Good Night, My Love (Pleasant Dreams)
4. Will You Marry Me? - Album Version

Single Credits

Written by P. Lord, S. St. Victor, V. J. Smith, P. Abdul

Produced and arranged by: V. Jeffrey Smith. & Peter Lord for the Neptune Factor, Inc.
Vocals arranged by: Peter Lord, Sandra St. Victor & V. Jeffrey Smith
Lead vocals: Paula Abdul
Programming & keyboards: V. Jeffrey Smith & Peter Lord
Guitar: V. Jeffrey Smith
Harmonica: Stevie Wonder
Background vocals: Sandra St. Victor
Recorded at: Studio Masters, L.A.
Recording engineer: Greg Laney
Assistant engineer: Wolfgang Aicholz
Mixed by: Greg Laney at Studio Masters, L.A.
Published at EMI Songs Ltd / Copyright Control

Interview with Peter Lord

Stevie Wonder played the harmonica on Paula Abdul’s hit song "Will You Marry Me?" In an interview with SongFacts, songwriter and producer Peter Lord said “one of us said "Wouldn't it be great to get Stevie to play on the track?" And Paula said "I can get him." Stevie was of course incredible. He is truly my primary inspiration for even becoming a songwriter or musician. And he knew our Family Stand hit "Ghetto Heaven," so we were amped. It was one of the highlights of my music career to work with my hero.”

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