"The Closer I Get to You" is a song performed originally during 1978 by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. The song was written by keyboardist James Mtume and guitarist Reggie Lucas, two former members of Miles Davis' band who were members of Flack's band at the time. Released from Flack's album, Blue Lights in the Basement, it became a major crossover hit. It scored two weeks as number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in April 1978, and also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It was eventually certified gold. It is one of the most familiar of all their duets.
There have been numerous cover versions of this song, most notably the one by Luther Vandross and Beyoncé. It appeared on both Vandross' final album Dance with My Father and Beyoncé's solo debut Dangerously in Love. This version of the song was also intended to be on the soundtrack for the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations in which Knowles co-starred in. Knowles' and Vandross' version of "The Closer I Get to You" is a moderate pop ballad. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, it paces in common time and moves at a slow tempo of 98 beats per minute. It is written in...