Let’s Get Serious

Let’s Get Serious
Motown Records, 1980

1. Let's Get Serious
2. Where Are You Now
3. You Got To Hurry Girl
4. We Can Put It Back Together
5. Burning' Hot
6. You're Supposed To Keep Your Love For Me
7. Feelin' Free

After the album Frontiers, Jermaine took two years to create his next album, because he wasn’t satisfied with the previous albums and wanted his next album to be the best. And he succeeded! Let’s Get Serious remains undoubtedly Jermaine’s most successful album for Motown, having sold over 2 million copies worldwide and it topped the U.S. charts, reaching #1 in the R&B charts and #6 in the Pop charts.

Jermaine’s longtime friend Stevie Wonder produced three songs for the album, and four more along with Jermaine. Executive producers for the album are Hazel Gordy and Berry Gordy. For the album Let’s Get Serious Jermaine received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocals Performance in 981.

The first single of the album was the title track “Let’s Get Serious”, written by Lee Garrett and Stevie Wonder. The single was Jermaine's first #1 R&B hit and second Top 10 Pop hit, peaking at number nine in both Billboard and Cash Box. It also reached the top 10 in the UK peaking at #8. The recording was produced by Stevie Wonder, who also provided vocals for the track. It was Billboard's #1 Soul hit for the entire year of 1980, beating out brother Michael's platinum-certified mega-hit "Rock with You" which was #2 for the year.

“You’re Supposed To Keep Your Love For Me” was the second single from the album, a song written and produced by Stevie Wonder that the Jackson 5 also recorded before with Jermaine singing the lead vocals and not released as a single before. Jermaine and Stevie re-recorded the song for the album Let’s Get Serious. The single reached #32 in the R&B charts and #34 in the Pop charts. Other songs from the album released as a single were the up-tempo song “Burnin’ Hot” in several European countries and Japan and “You Got To Hurry Girl” in France only.

Jermaine recorded at least three tracks from Let’s Get Serious in Spanish. The Spanish versions of the following tracks were released on a super rare Mexican album vinyl:

  • En Serio (Let’s Get Serious),
  • Te Tienes Que Apurar Chica (You Got To Hurry Girl)
  • Lo Podemos Arreglar (We Can Put It Back Together)  

Credit goes to Maarten Mulder for the discography information.


Let's Get Serious 
Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
Motown, 1980
You're Supposed To Keep
Your Love For Me
Let It Ride
Motown, 1980 
Burnin' Hot
Castles Of Sand
Motown, 1980 (UK) 
 Burnin' Hot
 You're Supposed  To Keep 
Your Love For Me
Motown, 1980 (Japan)
You Got To Hurry Girl
We Can Put It Back Together
Motown, 1980 (France)


Stevie Wonder

Jermaine teamed up with family friend and Motown labelmate Stevie Wonder, who produced three tracks ("Let's Get Serious", "Where Are You Now" and "You"re Supposed To Keek Your Love From Me" for the album Let's Get Serious. Stevie co-wrote and sings on the track "Let's Get Serious" with Jermaine. During a lot of Stevie's sessions for the album Songs In The Key Of Life, Jermaine was present in the studio. 

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