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Dedicated to the One I Love" is a song written by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass which was a hit for The "5" Royales, The Shirelles and The Mamas & the Papas. Pauling was the guitarist of The "5" Royales, the group that recorded the original version of this song, produced by Bass, in 1957. Their version was re-released in [1 ] 1961 and charted at #81 on the . Billboard Hot 100
The Shirelles version [ edit ]
A version recorded by
The Shirelles was a hit for them in 1959. In 1961, they re-released their version and it reached #3 on the [1 ] Hot 100 chart and #2 on the R&B charts. [2 ]
The Mamas & The Papas version [ edit ]
Other versions [ edit ]
Reparata and the Delrons covered the song on their 1965 LP Whenever a Teenager Cries. In
1972, The Temprees' version reached #93 on the Hot 100. In 1973, there was a reggae version by Hubert Ree (Hubert Lee) on the Count Shelly label - CS-026.
Bernadette Peters recorded a Hot 100 hit version in 1981, reaching #65.
Bitty McLean recorded a reggae remake in 1994, which reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1996,
Linda Ronstadt recorded "Dedicated to the One I Love" and made it the title song of her album, released that year which featured oldies redone as lullabies. Dedicated to the One I Love
Tanya Stephens included the song on her 1998 album Ruff Rider.
Holly Cole included the song on her 2000 album Romantically Helpless.
Ruben and the Jets released it on their 1973 album For Real!
Wilson Phillips, featuring Chynna Phillips (the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips from the Mamas and the Papas), Carnie Wilson, & Wendy Wilson (the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys), released it on their 2013 album Dedicated with Cass Elliot's daughter Owen Elliot-Kugell singing Cass's line "And it's something that everybody needs." [4 ]
Song in popular culture [ edit ]
In 1992, the long-running CBS night time soap,
, named an episode, "Dedicated to the One I Love", in which The Mamas & The Papas' version of the song is played in the background. Knots Landing [5 ] In
D-TV Disney, the Mamas and the Papas' version was set to . Sleeping Beauty In 2005, the song was covered by the final 10 of the second season of
. New Zealand Idol The song is used in the last scene and fade-out of the movie
(1995). Morvern Callar In an episode of the television show
China Beach, which has been described as a Vietnam-era version of M*A*S*H, the actress Chloe Webb, portraying a USO touring backup singer, offers a tender and emotional version of this song to a fatally injured soldier as a last request to help his death.
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