1-2-3 (Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine song)

"1-2-3"
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Worldwide Single Cover
Single by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
from the album Let It Loose / Anything for You
ReleasedJune 14, 1988
Recorded1987
Genre
Length3:28 (album version)
3:36 (7" remix)
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Enrique Garcia
Producer(s)Emilio & The Jerks
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine singles chronology
"Anything for You"
(1988)
"1-2-3"
(1988)
"Don't Wanna Lose You"
(1989)
Music video
"1-2-3" on YouTube

"1-2-3" (sometimes listed as "1, 2, 3") is a 1988 song by American singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. The song was written by the band's drummer and lead songwriter Enrique "Kiki" Garcia along with Estefan and appears on the multi-platinum album Let It Loose. The music video was directed by Jim Yukich and produced by Paul Flattery.

Released as the fifth and final single from that album in the late summer of 1988, "1-2-3" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 1988, and was the band's seventh Top 10-hit. It also saw a second release (outside the US) in January 1989 after the success of (out of US rereleases) "Can't Stay Away From You" and "Anything For You" in late 1988. It became the band's seventh Top 10 hit in the US.[1] In addition, the song became their fourth #1 hit on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[2] On the Billboard R&B chart, "1-2-3" peaked at 54, and on the UK Singles Chart it peaked at #9.[2] After the success of the re-releases of "Can't Stay Away From You" and "Anything For You", 1,2,3 also saw a re-release outside the US in January 1989. Although the single version was very similar to the album version, it was remixed to add more horns, a stronger rhythm track, and a different intro to the song; this version was issued on Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits and The Essential Gloria Estefan. An extended version of the song was also released on 12" single.

The lyrics of "1-2-3" detail the singer's desire to have a shy suitor approach her.

In 1991, Estefan sang a children's rendition of the song with Big Bird and the Birdketeers on Sesame Street.

Official versions[]

Original versions

  1. Album Version — (3:28)

Eric Schilling & John Haag remixes

  1. Remix — (3:36)
  2. Remix Instrumental (aka Instrumental Version) — (3:36)
  3. Extended Version — (4:42)
  4. Dub Mix — (4:44)

Pete Hammond remixes

  1. The Dancing By Numbers Mix — (6:27)

Chart performance[]

Formats and track listings[]

U.S. & Canada Cassette Single (34T 07921) [June 14, 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
U.S. & Canada 7" Vinyl Single (34 07921) [June 14, 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
U.S. Promo 7" Vinyl Single (34 07921) [June 14, 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
U.S. Promo 12" Vinyl Single (EAS 1152) [June 14, 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Extended Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:42
2."1-2-3" (Dub Mix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:44
Europe 3" CD-Maxi Single (EPC 652958 3)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Extended Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:32
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
3."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
Europe 7" Vinyl Single (EPC 652958 7)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
Europe 12" Vinyl Single #1 (EPC 652958 6)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Extended Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:32
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
3."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
Europe 12" Vinyl Single #2 (EPC 652958 1)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (The Dancing By Numbers Mix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia6:27
2."Anything for You" (English / Spanish Version)Gloria M. Estefan4:03
3."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
U.K. CD-Maxi Single (652958 2) [October 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Extended Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:42
2."1-2-3" (Dub Mix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:44
3."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
4."Primitive Love"Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:41
U.K. 7" Vinyl Single (652958 7) [October 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
U.K. 7" Vinyl Single (Limited ion poster package) [652958 0] {October 1988}
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
U.K. 12" Vinyl Single #1 (652958 8) [October 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Extended Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:32
2."1-2-3" (Dub Mix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:44
3."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
U.K. 12" Vinyl Single #2 (652958 1) [October 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (The Dancing By Numbers Mix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia6:27
2."Anything for You" (English / Spanish Version)Gloria M. Estefan4:03
3."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
Spain Promo 7" Vinyl Single (ARIE 2145)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
Spain Promo 7" Vinyl Single (ARSP 0001)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (The One, Two, Three Mix (aka Remix))Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."The Pasadenas - The Pasadenas Medley"The Pasadenas, Pete Wingfield4:06
Mexico 7" Vinyl Single (SC-652958)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
Mexico Promo 7" Vinyl Single (PRSC-652958)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
Brazil Promo 12" Vinyl Single (52.127)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
Australia & New Zealand 7" Vinyl Single (652958 7) [November 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
Australia & New Zealand 12" Vinyl Single #1 (652958 6) [November 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Extended Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia4:32
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
3."Surrender" (Humberto Gatica Remix)Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:05
Philippines 7" Vinyl Single (ES-20122)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."Love Toy"Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil4:31
Japan 7" Vinyl Single (07•5P-481) [July 1, 1987]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Album Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:29
2."Body To Body"Suzi Carr, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo3:56
Japan Promo 12" Vinyl Single (QY•3P-90123)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Album Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:29
2."The Megamix" (Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Conga, Dr. Beat, Betcha Say That, Bad Boy)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique E. Garcia, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil9:59
Japan 3" CD Single (10•8P-3032) [July 21, 1988]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."1-2-3" (Remix)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36
2."1-2-3" (Remix Instrumental)Gloria M. Estefan, Enrique Garcia3:36

Release history[]

Region Date
U.S. June 14, 1988 (1988-06-14)
Japan (7" Vinyl) July 1, 1987 (1987-07-01)
Japan (3" CD) July 21, 1988 (1988-07-21)
U.K. October 1988 (1988-10)
Australia November 1988 (1988-11)

References[]

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