All This Love (song)

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"All This Love"
Single by DeBarge
from the album All This Love
B-side "I'm in Love with You"
Released 1983
Format 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre Soul
Length 5:52
Label Gordy
Writer(s) El DeBarge
Producer(s) El DeBarge, Iris Gordy
DeBarge singles chronology
"I Like It"
(1982)
"All This Love"
(1983)
"Time Will Reveal"
(1983)

"All This Love" is a song written and composed by El DeBarge and recorded by the family musical group DeBarge on the Gordy label. The song was released as the second single from their second studio album of the same title.

The single would help DeBarge rise to R&B stardom.

Overview[edit]

History[edit]

In 1982, having released one album that did not go anywhere, DeBarge went into recording their follow-up with their own songs, chiefly handled by El DeBarge, who was also the main lead singer and focal point of the group, including the song, "All This Love", in which DeBarge sung in a high tenor and had written it in a year earlier in hopes then-label mate and longtime idol Marvin Gaye would record it.

Gaye had served as El's inspiration for the song, hinted in the group's harmonizing in the final part of the song, which was similar to Gaye's "I Want You" vocal style period. By the following year, Gaye had left the label and DeBarge ended up recording it themselves. Producing this song with Berry Gordy's niece Iris, the single was issued as the third release from All This Love.

Reception[edit]

Much like their first hit, "I Like It", "All This Love" was immediately embraced by the R&B community while the group gained a pop fan base. In the US, The single reached number 5 on the Billboard R&B chart, number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart,[1] helping its parent album of the same name reach gold status by the summer of 1983.

The song was re-recorded by R&B legend Patti LaBelle on her 1994 album, Gems. LaBelle's version, produced by Teddy Riley, was released as a single and peaked at #42 on the Billboard R&B chart. DeBarge and LaBelle later sung the song together as a duet live in concert.

Among other cover versions, Gwen Guthrie recorded it in 1987, and it appears on the John Blake album Adventures of the Heart. Detroit guitarist Calvin Brooks covered the song in 1990, and LA-based singer/songwriter Bill Cantos recorded a Latin jazz-oriented version in 2000.

Mexican-American percussionist Pete Escovedo, along with saxophonist Gerald Albright did an instrumental version of "All This Love" for Escovedo's album Flying South in 1995, which had considerable air time on smooth jazz radio stations.

The song was also covered by Boyz II Men and released on their compilations of Motown hits. R&B group Xscape also covered the song on the New York Undercover episode "Sympathy for the Devil" in 1996, and also appears on the soundtrack for the show.

Samples[edit]

In 1996, Rapper Da Brat sampled the track for "Ghetto Love" on her second album Anuthatantrum and also Tha Mexakinz for "Problems" on their second album Tha Mexakinz (album). T-Boz of TLC sung an interpolation of the first verse of the Debarge track as the opening and the same chorus. In 2000, Master P sampled the beat for the song "Life I Live" featuring Short Circuit & Slay Sean off his album Ghetto Postage. In 2001, AZ (rapper) sampled the track for his song called "Problems" off his album 9 Lives (AZ album). In 2004, Angie Stone sang an interpolation of the outro as the chorus to her song "I wanna Thank Ya" from her album Stone Love.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 17
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals and keyboards by El DeBarge
  • Background vocals by DeBarge
  • Produced by El DeBarge and Iris Gordy
  • Guitar solo by José Feliciano

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 74.