When You're Young and in Love

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"When You're Young and In Love"
Single by The Marvelettes
from the album The Marvelettes
A-side When You're Young and in Love
B-side The Day You Take One, You Have to Take the Other
Released April 20, 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded 1967
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2:38
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Van McCoy
Producer(s) James Dean, William Weatherspoon
The Marvelettes singles chronology
"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
(1967)
When You're Young and in Love
(1967)
"My Baby Must Be a Magician"
(1967)

"When You're Young and in Love" is a song composed by Van McCoy. The first recording of the song was by Ruby & the Romantics; like all the group's singles on Kapp Records the track was produced by label a&r head Allen Stanton. Released in September 1964, Ruby & the Romantics' "When You're Young..." reached the Top Five in Honolulu but otherwise failed to register strongly in any US market reaching #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1964. Ruby & the Romantics would score one subsequent Hot 100 placing, with "Does He Really Care For Me" (#87).However, the song was a bigger hit in Canada, peaking at #25 on the RPM "Top Tracks"that year.

The song was covered in 1967 by the Marvelettes with the track - produced by James Dean and William Weatherspoon - reaching #23 on the Hot 100 that June; its R&B peak was #9. Although not one of the Marvelettes' very biggest US hits, "When You're Young..." became the only record by the group to achieve hit status in the UK with a #13 peak in July 1967. The track is also one of the last Marvelettes' singles to feature Gladys Horton although the lead is by Wanda Young; Horton would only appear, and lead, on the following two B-Sides. Besides Horton and veteran Marvelette Katherine Anderson, Rogers' vocal backing on "When You're Young..." features Motown's premier session singers the Andantes while the original instrumental backing on the track by the Funk Brothers was augmented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

In the autumn of 1975 competing versions of "When You're Young..." by Ralph Carter and the Choice Four charted R&B with the Carter version reaching #37 on the R&B charts where the Choice Four peaked at #45; both versions were also minor Hot 100 crossovers with respective peaks of #95 (Carter) and #91 (Choice Four). Ralph Carter would promote his version with a performance on the April 3, 1976 episode of his Good Times sitcom; his recording was produced by Norman Bergen and Reid Whitelaw. The Choice Four version was produced by the song's composer Van McCoy.

A 1979 remake of "When You're Young..." is notable as the debut single for Stacy Lattisaw and also for being produced by composer Van McCoy; however the McCoy produced album Young and in Love proved neither a critical or commercial success upon release in July 1979 - the month of McCoy's death - with the "When You're Young..." single barely registering on the R&B charts at #91. Gitte made a recording of "When You're Young and in Love" on 23 October 1964. The song has also been recorded by Donny and Marie - as "(When You're) Young and in Love" - and the Jets.

Personnel[edit]

Ruby & the Romantics original version[edit]

  • Lead vocal by Ruby Nash
  • Background vocals by Ed Roberts, George Lee, Ronald Mosley, and Leroy Fann
  • Instrumentation by Unknown

Marvelettes version[edit]

Flying Pickets version[edit]

The song had its strongest chart impact via a 1984 cover version by the Flying Pickets produced by John Sherry it reached number 7 in the UK.[1]

"When You're Young and In Love"
Single by The Flying Pickets
A-side When You're Young and in Love
B-side Monica Engineer
Released 1984
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 3:25
Label 10 Records
Writer(s) Van McCoy
Producer(s) John Sherry
The Flying Pickets singles chronology
"Who's That Girl"
(1984)
When You're Young and in Love
(1984)
"So Close"
(1984)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Charts -Flying Pickets". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 1 October 2013.