Caravan of Love

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"Caravan of Love"
Single by Isley-Jasper-Isley
from the album Caravan of Love
B-side "I Can't Get over Losin' You"
Released 1985 (1985)
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded East Orange, New Jersey, 1985 (1985)
Genre R&B, soul
Length 5:42
Label Epic
Writer(s) Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley
Producer(s) Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley

"Caravan of Love" is a 1985 R&B hit originally recorded by Isley-Jasper-Isley, the second half of The Isley Brothers' 3 + 3 lineup of the 1970s.

Original Isley-Jasper-Isley version[edit]

After breaking away from the legendary family group, the group (notably Chris Jasper) wrote and produced this single, which was Jasper's interpolation with reaching audiences by presenting Christian beliefs into his music. The song became the trio's biggest hit going to number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart and fifty-one on the Billboard pop chart in 1985.[1] and would be their only prominent hit before they splintered into solo careers in 1988.

Personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[edit]

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 4:15

Side two

  1. "I Can't Get over Losin' You" – 4:05

12" vinyl single[edit]

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 5:43

Side two

  1. "I Can't Get over Losin' You" – 4:05

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 51
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[2] 1
Chart (1986) Peak
position
Dutch Top 40[3] 21
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[2] 16
Preceded by
"Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
November 30, 1985 - December 14, 1985
Succeeded by
"Don't Say No Tonight" by Eugene Wilde

The Housemartins version[edit]

"Caravan of Love"
Single by The Housemartins
B-side "When I First Met Jesus"
Released November 1986 (1986-11)
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1986 (1986)
Genre A cappella
Length 3:40
Label Go! Discs (UK)
Elektra (US)
Writer(s) Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley
Producer(s) John Williams
The Housemartins singles chronology
"Think for a Minute"
(1986)
"Caravan of Love"
(1986)
"Five Get Over Excited"
(1987)

British indie band The Housemartins released "Caravan of Love" in November 1986. The a cappella song was a success, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart on 16 December 1986, (only the second a cappella recording to do so, after "Only You" by the Flying Pickets in 1983), before being denied the Christmas number one single by a posthumous re-release of Jackie Wilson's "Reet Petite".[4]

The song was released on the greatest hits compilation Now That's What I Call Quite Good.

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[edit]

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 3:40

Side two

  1. "When I First Met Jesus" – 2:46

12" vinyl single[edit]

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love"
  2. "We Shall Not Be Moved"

Side two

  1. "When I First Met Jesus"
  2. "So Much in Love"
  3. "Heaven Help Us All (Sermonette)"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[5] 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Chart (1987) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 7
Dutch Top 40[7] 3
German Top100 Singles[8] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[9] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[10] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[11] 2
Preceded by
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
UK number one single (Housemartins version)
December 16, 1986
Succeeded by
"Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson
Preceded by
"Flash" by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
Swedish number-one single
February 11, 1987 - March 25, 1987
Succeeded by
"You're the Voice" by John Farnham
Preceded by
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
December 13, 1986 - January 3, 1987
Succeeded by
"Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 279. 
  2. ^ a b c "Billboard charts at Allmusic". Retrieved November 22, 2008 (2008-11-22).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 8, 1986". Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 469. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "everyhit.com search results". Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  6. ^ "austriancharts.at". Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  7. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 7, 1987". Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Suchergebnis — Suche nach: "Housemartins" UND "Caravan" UND "of" UND "Love" — Suche in: Deutsche Single-Charts ab 1956". Retrieved December 10, 2008. 
  9. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  10. ^ "swedishcharts.com". Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  11. ^ "hitparade.ch". Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  12. ^ http://zobbel.de/cluk/141115cluk.txt