My Old Piano

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"My Old Piano"
My Old Piano.jpg
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Diana
B-side
  • "Where Did We Go Wrong"
  • "Now That You're Gone"
ReleasedSeptember, 1980 (UK) / January, 1982 (US)
Recorded1979—Spring 1980
Genre
Length3:55
LabelMotown
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Bernard Edwards
Diana Ross singles chronology
"I'm Coming Out"
(1980)
"My Old Piano"
(1980)
"It's My Turn"
(1980)
Music video
"My Old Piano" on YouTube

"My Old Piano" is a song by American singer Diana Ross. It was written and produced by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for her self-titled tenth studio album (1980). In it, Ross sings about the joy of playing a piano, describing it as if it were a person. The song was released as the album's third and final single in the United States, and the second single elsewhere. In an accompanying music video, Ross appears performing the song in an apartment with an old piano.[1]

Unlike previous singles "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out", "My Old Piano" was not as successful in the United States (as it was issued as a single nearly two years after the album's release, by which time Ross had departed Motown Records); however, it was a commercial success in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it was a Top 10 hit and earned her a British Phonographic Industry (BPI) silver disc award for sales in excess of 250,000 copies.

Track listings[edit]

7" Single

  1. "My Old Piano" 3:55
  2. "Where Did We Go Wrong" 3:59

12" Single

  1. "My Old Piano" 3:55
  2. "Where Did We Go Wrong" 3:59
  3. "Now That You're Gone" 3:59

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980–82) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 25
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 2
UK Singles (OCC)[7] 5
US Bubbling Under the Hot 100 (Billboard)[8] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ music video in Dailymotion.com
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Diana Ross – My Old Piano" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Diana Ross – My Old Piano" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Diana Ross – My Old Piano". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Diana Ross" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "US Hot 100 Bubbling Under". Top40Weekly.com. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "British single certifications – Diana Ross – My Old Piano". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type My Old Piano in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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