Could You Be Loved

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"Could You Be Loved"
Single by Bob Marley & the Wailers
from the album Uprising
B-side One Drop
Released 13 June 1980
Genre Reggae, disco[1]
Length 3:56
Label Island
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer(s) Bob Marley & the Wailers, Chris Blackwell
Uprising track listing
"Pimper's Paradise"
(7)
"Could You Be Loved"
(8)
"Forever Loving Jah"
(9)
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"Could You Be Loved" is a song by reggae group Bob Marley & the Wailers. It was released in 1980 on their last album Uprising and is included on Bob Marley & The Wailers greatest hits album Legend. It was written in 1979 on an airplane while The Wailers were experimenting on guitar. The song is considered by many reggae fans to be disco influenced, and by extension influencing the dancehall genre.

In the middle of the song, background singers quote a verse from Bob Marley's first single Judge Not: "The road of life is rocky; And you may stumble too. So while you point a finger, someone else is judging you".

Instruments used on the original record of this song are guitars, bass, drums, acoustic piano, the Hohner clavinet and an organ, as well as the Brazilian cuíca.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Marley's song was played right after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.

The song has been played in various movies including:

Track listings[edit]

7" Single

  1. Could You Be Loved — 3:35
  2. One Drop — 3:50

7" Single

  1. Could You Be Loved — 3:35
  2. No Woman, No Cry (Live '75) — 3:57

Charts[edit]

Joe Cocker version[edit]

"Could You Be Loved"
Single by Joe Cocker
from the album Across from Midnight
Released 27 June 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Rock
Length 4:35
Label CMC International
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer(s) Chris Lord-Alge, Roger Davies, Jeffery CJ Vanston
Joe Cocker singles chronology
"Into the Mystic"
(1996)
"Could You Be Loved"
(1997)
"N'Oubliez Jamais"
(1997)

British singer Joe Cocker covered "Could You Be Loved" on his 1997 album Across from Midnight. Unlike the original the cover is very rock-heavy.

Track listings[edit]

CD-Singles

  1. Could You Be Loved (Single Version) — 4:35
  2. Could You Be Loved (Radio Edit) — 4:18
  3. The Way Her Love Is — 2:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[18] 39
Germany (Media Control AG)[19] 77
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[20] 88
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 46
UK (Official Charts Company) 96

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Marley's four eldest children Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers have perform the numerous times during their tours. Their performance versions appear on the concert DVDs "Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Live", "Marley Magic: Live In Central Park At Summerstage", "One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute", and their live album "Live Vol. 1".
  • Ska punk band Sublime mentioned "Could You Be Loved" in their song "Don't Push" (from their 1992 album 40oz. to Freedom), saying "If I was Bob Marley I said could you be loved."
  • British pop duo Shakespears Sister recorded a cover of the song, which was included on the CD editions of their 1989 album Sacred Heart.
  • French guitarist Marc Antoine and American singer Patti Austin covered the song and the version was featured on A Twist of Marley in 2001.
  • Bob Marley's sons Damian and Stephen Marley covered the song and renamed it "And Be Loved" for the soundtrack to the 2002 surfing film Blue Crush.
  • American rock band Toto covered the song on their 2002 Through the Looking Glass album
  • Lauryn Hill covered the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2011 as a tribute to Marley on the anniversary of his death.
  • Rudy Thomas did a ska treatment of the song, which never charted. Although not ground breaking in any way, Rudy's version is not without merit, replacing the metal synth used on the original with a different voicing that gives his version a new-age reggae feel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien Chang, Kevin; Chen, Wayne (1998). Reggae Routes: The Story of Jamaican Music. Temple University Press. pp. 51–52. ISBN 978-1-5663-9629-5. "['Uprising'] saw a return to a wide and varied musical vision, from the disco oriented 'Could You Be Loved' to the hard-core reggae of 'Bad Card' and the acoustic balladry of 'Redemption Song'." 
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ (French) "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. InfoDisc.fr. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.  Select "Bob Marley & the Wailers" from the artist drop-down menu
  4. ^ "Bob Marley & The Wailers - Could You Be Loved". Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  6. ^ (Italian) "I singoli più venduti del 1980". HitParadeItalia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
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  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved". VG-lista. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Bob Marley – Awards". Allmusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bob Marley & the Wailers" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved LP Version search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Joe Cocker – Could You Be Loved – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Joe Cocker - Could You Be Loved". Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Joe Cocker – Could You Be Loved" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Joe Cocker – Could You Be Loved – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2014.