By Bad Seed
"Especially for You" was the fifth international single released from singer Kylie Minogue in time for the Christmas 1988 market and is a duet with Jason Donovan. It did not appear on her debut album but was included on Jason Donovan's 1989 debut album Ten Good Reasons. The track did appear on the US version of Kylie Minogue's second album Enjoy Yourself. The single was released on November 28, 1988 and was written by Stock Aitken Waterman.
Its strongest market was the UK, where its release followed the on-screen wedding of the two actors' respective characters, Charlene and Scott, on the Australian soap Neighbours which brought peak audiences.
In the UK, the song lodged for 4 weeks at #2 during the Christmas market behind Cliff Richard (a Christmas fixture) reaching #1 for 3 weeks in early 1989, selling just shy of one million copies. It remained Minogue's best selling single in the UK until 2001's "Can't Get You out of My Head" which became a million seller.The single was a big hit throughout Europe and sold 23,037 copies in Sweden.
Minogue also performed this song as a duet with Kermit the Frog having been invited to become one of a select few to make an episode of the UK ITV show An Audience with... Kylie Minogue in 2001.
Denise van Outen and Johnny Vaughan along with British Pop group Steps released a cover version for UK TV Charity BBC Children in Need in 1998 which charted at #3 on the British Charts.
More recently Hugh Sowerby and Daniel Osborne performed the song at the DJ Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2008. The duo are currently recording a comic relief version for release later in the year.