"All the Man That I Need" is a song written by American songwriters Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. The song was first recorded by Linda Clifford in 1982, for her album I'll Keep on Loving You. Pitchford and Gore (who wrote the song "Red Light" from Fame for her in 1980) had in mind Clifford and her husband when they wrote the song. It was later recorded and released as a single by the musical group Sister Sledge. Their version reached number 45 on the United States Billboard R&B Singles chart. Later, in 1989, American recording artist Whitney Houston recorded her version and subsequently released it as a single in 1990. Her version featured production from Narada Michael Walden. In 1994, Luther Vandross (who made the arrangements of the original Linda Clifford version) included his own version, "All the Woman That I Need" on his album "Songs". Musically, the song is an R&B number, and the lyrics speak about a special one.