More Love (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles song)

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"More Love"
Single by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
from the album Make It Happen
B-side "Swept for You Baby"
Released May 26, 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded Los Angeles, California (instrumentation)
Hitsville USA (Studio A) (vocals); April 26, 1967
Genre Soul
Length 2:49
Label Tamla
T 54152
Writer(s) Smokey Robinson
Producer(s) Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles singles chronology
"The Love I Saw In You Was Just a Mirage"
(1967)
"More Love"
(1967)
"I Second That Emotion"
(1967)

"More Love" is a 1967 single recorded by the American soul group Smokey Robinson and the Miracles for Motown Records' Tamla label. The single, included on the group's 1967 album Make It Happen, later reissued in 1970 as The Tears of a Clown. Kim Carnes' 1980 cover of the song charted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Miracles' original version[edit]

This song's origins are born from real-life heartbreak and personal tragedy . Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson wrote, produced, and sings lead on "More Love", which he considers one of his most personal compositions.[1] Robinson wrote the song for his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. Claudette had been a member of the Miracles since 1957, but retired from touring in 1964 after a series of miscarriages. She had a total of 8 miscarriages, which forced her off the road, never to tour with The Miracles again, though she continued to record with them. On one occasion, the Robinsons had a set of twins that were stillborn.[2] According to Smokey Robinson:

"After she had a miscarriage [Claudette] would always tell me she was sorry she had let me down. I would explain that she had not let me down because she was there, she was alive; I wanted the babies, but I didn't know them. I wrote 'More Love' to let her know how I felt about her." [1]

Unlike most other Miracles songs, the track for "More Love" was recorded by Los Angeles session musicians, instead of in Detroit, Michigan by Motown session band The Funk Brothers and Miracles guitarist Marv Tarplin.[2]

Smokey and Claudette Robinson would eventually have two healthy babies, both named after aspects of the Motown corporation: a boy named Berry (after Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.) and a girl, Tamla, after the Miracles' record label, Tamla (one of Motown Records' subsidiary labels).

"More Love" peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was a Top 10 Billboard R&B hit,peaking at number five.[3] The song's "B" side, Swept For You Baby,, was also a popular regional hit, and has inspired cover versions by The Sylvers, The Blenders, and The Tamlins (as Sweat For You Baby).

Kim Carnes and other versions[edit]

"More Love"
Single by Kim Carnes
from the album Romance Dance
B-side "Changin'"
Released June 4, 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980
Genre Pop, soul
Length 3:35
Label EMI America
Producer(s) George Tobin, Mike Piccirillo
Kim Carnes singles chronology
"Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" (with Kenny Rogers)
(1980)
"More Love"
(1980)
"Cry Like a Baby"
(1980)

"More Love" has been covered by several performers—among them Paul Young, Barbara McNair, and Mica Paris. A 1976 version by Teena Marie is included in the 2011 First Class Love: Rare Tee compilation.

The most successful recording of "More Love" was a 1980 version by Kim Carnes, included on her album Romance Dance. Carnes's remake of "More Love" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at number six on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.[4] A Spanish language version of the song, "Más Amor", was also released in some territories in Latin America. The single was the first Top 10 U.S. solo hit for Carnes, formerly of The New Christy Minstrels. Despite "More Love" was success, the follow-up single, "Cry Like a Baby", would miss the Top 40, peaking at number 44.

This song would be Carnes' biggest solo hit until Bette Davis Eyes.

Personnel[edit]

Miracles version[edit]

  • Instrumentation by various Los Angeles area musicians

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b George, Nelson (1985). Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound.New York: St. Martin's. P. 66
  2. ^ a b Hackel, Stu (1997). Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: The Ultimate Collection [Liner Notes]. New York: Motown Records/Polygram.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 404. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 47. 

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