All I Do Is Think of You

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"All I Do Is Think of You"
Single by The Jackson 5
from the album Moving Violation
A-side Forever Came Today
Released November 5, 1975 (1975-11-05)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded February 1975
Genre Soul
Length 3:15
Label Motown
M 1356
Writer(s) Michael L. Smith
Brian Holland
Producer(s) Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 singles chronology
"Forever Came Today"
(1975)
"All I Do Is Think of You"
(1975)
"Enjoy Yourself"
(1976)

"All I Do Is Think of You" is a ballad single released by The Jackson 5 as the b-side to the group's single, "Forever Came Today" on the Motown label in 1975, and was the final charted single the group issued as The Jackson 5 before they left Motown for CBS the following year. It was featured on their final Motown album, Moving Violation.

Overview[edit]

Song description[edit]

The song was written by Michael Lovesmith and Brian Holland (formerly of the popular songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland). The song is about a boy who's talking about how he's a in love with a girl he goes to school with, and how he's always thinking about her.

Release and reaction[edit]

Issued as a b-side to the disco version of The Supremes' "Forever Came Today" on the pop charts, airplay was massive on the urban side that the song was charted also eventually peaking at number fifty on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. The song was performed live on The Mike Douglas Show in 1975. A few months after this release, the Jackson brothers abruptly left Motown - and the song's co-lead singer Jermaine - and signed with CBS' Philadelphia International record label.

Cover versions and sampling[edit]

Over the years, the song gained cult status as a ballad favorite for Jackson 5 fans and fans of Motown in general.

  • In 1989, new jack swing/contemporary R&B group, Troop, recorded a cover version off their Attitude album.[1] Produced by Chuckii Booker, this version went to number-one on the R&B singles chart for a week in the summer of 1990.
  • In 2005, R&B boy band B5 released a cover version similar to Troop's version. Entitled "All I Do" it released as the band's debut single from their self titled album.[2]
  • In 2006, hip hop producer J Dilla sampled the song on his track, "Time - Donut of the Heart", on his critically acclaimed album, Donuts.[3]
  • In 2006, hip hop band The Roots used J Dilla's track on "Can't Stop This" from their album Game Theory.[4]
  • In 2007, hip hop artist Drake used J Dilla's version for his song "Where To Now"[5] from his mixtape Comeback Season.
  • In 2007, South Korean band Bulssazo covered J Dilla's version for their song "Time : The donut of the heart (Jay Dee : 1974-2006)", tributes to J Dilla.

Personnel[edit]

Original Jackson 5 version[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 590. 
  2. ^ "Where Is Diddy’s Group B5 Now? | ZHipHopCleveland.com - Z 107.9 Cleveland's Home for Hip-Hop". ZHipHopCleveland.com. December 29, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "les samples de J dilla". Du-bruit.com. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Roots - Game Theory [The Samples". Hip Hop Is Read. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "J Dilla’s Legacy Remembered". Rapfix.mtv.com. February 10, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 

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