All I Do Is Think of You
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|"All I Do Is Think of You"|
|Single by The Jackson 5|
|from the album Moving Violation|
|A-side||"Forever Came Today"|
|Released||November 5, 1975|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)|
|Genre||Rhythm and blues, soul|
|The Jackson 5 singles chronology|
"All I Do Is Think of You" is a song released by The Jackson 5 as the B-side to the group's single, "Forever Came Today" on the Motown label in 1975, and was the final charted single the group issued as The Jackson 5 before they left Motown for CBS the following year. It was featured on their final Motown album, Moving Violation.
The song was written by Michael Lovesmith and Brian Holland (formerly of the popular songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland). The song is about a boy who's talking about how he's in love with a girl with whom he goes to school and how he's always thinking about her.
Release and reaction
Issued as a B-side to the disco version of The Supremes' "Forever Came Today" on the pop charts, airplay was massive on the urban side that the song was charted also eventually peaking at number fifty on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. The 45 single was issued in November 1975 by Motown. A few months earlier, in June of the year, the group abruptly left Motown Records and signed with Epic Records. Jermaine Jackson, the song's second co-lead vocalist, remained with Motown, with Randy Jackson officially replacing him. The group later performed the song on shows without Jermaine, including Soul Train and The Mike Douglas Show.
Cover versions and sampling
Over the years, the song gained cult status as a ballad favorite for Jackson 5 fans and fans of Motown in general.
- In 1989, new jack swing/contemporary R&B group, Troop, recorded a cover version off their Attitude album. Produced by Chuckii Booker, this version went to number one on the R&B singles chart for a week in the summer of 1990.
- In 2005, R&B boy band B5 released a cover version similar to Troop's version. Entitled "All I Do" it released as the band's debut single from their self titled album.
- In 2006, hip hop producer J Dilla sampled the song on his track, "Time - Donut of the Heart", on his critically acclaimed album, Donuts.
- In 2006, hip hop band The Roots used J Dilla's track on "Can't Stop This" from their album Game Theory.
- In 2007, hip hop artist Drake used J Dilla's version for his song "Where To Now" from his mixtape Comeback Season.
- In 2007, South Korean band Bulssazo covered J Dilla's version for their song "Time : The donut of the heart (Jay Dee : 1974-2006)", tributes to J Dilla.
- In 2017, singer Frank Ocean sampled the song for his performances of "Thinkin Bout You" during various music festivals.
Original Jackson 5 version
- Michael Jackson: lead vocals
- Jermaine Jackson: co-lead vocals, spoken part
- Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson and Marlon Jackson: background vocals
- Instrumentation by various musicians
- Produced by Michael Lovesmith & Brian Holland
- Troop (John Harreld, Allen McNeil, Reggie Warren, Rodney Benford, Steve Russell): vocals
- Derek Organ: drums (overdubs)
- Chuckii Booker: all other instruments
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 590.
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- Troop - Attitude (includes song-by-song musician credits) @Discogs.com Retrieved 10-9-2016.