The Love You Save
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|"The Love You Save"|
|Single by The Jackson 5|
|from the album ABC|
|B-side||"I Found That Girl"|
|Released||May 16, 1970 (U.S.)|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Recorded||Hitsville West, Los Angeles; March 1970|
|Genre||Bubblegum pop, Soul|
|Writer(s)||The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards) |
|The Jackson 5 singles chronology|
"The Love You Save" is a 1970 number-one hit single recorded by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label, as well as holding the number-one spot on the soul singles chart for six weeks. It held the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks, from June 27 to July 4, 1970 (in the UK Top 40 chart, it peaked at number 7 in August 1970). The song is the third of four Jackson 5 number ones released in a row (the others being "I Want You Back", "ABC", and "I'll Be There"). "The Love You Save" also features side vocals of Jermaine Jackson singing alongside Michael in the final "Stop! The love you save may be your own" besides Marlon and Tito Jackson.
The song's lyrics feature Michael and Jermaine Jackson warning a "fast" girl to slow down and "stop!" because "the love you save may be your own!"
The opening exclamation of "stop" and the footstomps that complement the rhythm during the latter part of the song are allusions to the 1965 number-one Motown single by The Supremes, "Stop! In the Name of Love". The Jackson 5 essentially replaced The Supremes as Motown's main focus in the early 1970s, although Diana Ross, who left the group for a solo career not long before the release of this single, was publicized as having discovered the Jackson 5.
Like most of the other early Jackson 5 hits, "The Love You Save" was written and produced by The Corporation, a team composed of Motown chief Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards and recorded in Los Angeles, California, away from the old Motown studio at Hitsville USA in Detroit, Michigan.
"The Love You Save" was the second single from the second Jackson 5 album and significantly these first two singles immediately succeeded The Beatles' last two singles (the first was the song ABC).
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- Written and produced by The Corporation: Berry Gordy, Jr., Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren and Deke Richards
- Lead vocals by Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson
- Background vocals by Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, and Marlon Jackson
- Co-lead by Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, and Marlon Jackson
- Keyboards by Freddie Perren
- Guitar by David T. Walker, Louis Shelton and Don Peake
- Bass guitar by Wilton Felder
- Drums by Gene Pello
- Side vocals by Marlon Jackson, Tito Jackson, and Jackie Jackson.
"The Long and Winding Road" / "For You Blue" by The Beatles
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 27, 1970 (two weeks)
"Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" by Three Dog Night
"Love on a Two-Way Street" by The Moments
|Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single
June 20, 1970 (six weeks)
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder