All This Love (song)

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"All This Love"
All This Love single.jpg
Single by DeBarge
from the album All This Love
B-side"I'm In Love With You"
ReleasedOctober 17, 1982
Format7"
Recorded1981-1982
GenreSoul, R&B
Length5:52
LabelGordy
Songwriter(s)El DeBarge
Producer(s)El DeBarge, Iris Gordy
DeBarge singles chronology
"I Like It"
(1982)
"All This Love"
(1982)
"Time Will Reveal"
(1983)
Music video
"All This Love" on YouTube

"All This Love" is a single by DeBarge, released on October 17, 1982. The song was released as the third and final single from their second studio album of the same title on the Gordy label. The single would help DeBarge rise to R&B stardom. A cover version of the song was recorded by Patti LaBelle on her 1994 gold album Gems. A video for her version was also filmed.

Overview[edit]

History[edit]

In 1982, having released one album that did not go anywhere, DeBarge went into recording their follow-up with their own songs, chiefly handled by El DeBarge, who was also the main lead singer and focal point of the group, including the song, "All This Love", in which DeBarge sung in a high tenor and had written it in a year earlier in hopes then-label mate and longtime idol Marvin Gaye would record it.

Gaye had served as El's inspiration for the song, hinted in the group's vocal harmonizing in the final part of the song, which was similar to Gaye's "I Want You" vocal style period. By the following year, Gaye had left the label and DeBarge ended up recording it themselves. Producing this song with Berry Gordy's niece Iris, the single was issued as the third release from All This Love.

The song was featured in a 1983 episode of the US daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Reception[edit]

Much like their first hit, "I Like It", "All This Love" was immediately embraced by the R&B community while the group gained a pop fan base. In the US, The single reached number 5 on the Billboard R&B chart, number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart,[2] helping its parent album of the same name reach gold status by the summer of 1983.

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Samples[edit]

  • West side rapper Skee-lo sampled "All This Love" in the "I Wish (Street Mix)" remix of his hit song "I Wish" from his 1995 debut album I Wish.
  • In 1996, Rapper Da Brat sampled the track for "Ghetto Love" on her second album Anuthatantrum.
  • In 1996, Tha Mexakinz sampled the track for "Problems" on their second album Tha Mexakinz.
  • Tionne Watkins (a.k.a. T-Boz) of TLC sung an interpolation of the first verse of the "Debarge" track as the opening and the same chorus.
  • In 2000, Master P sampled the beat for the song "Life I Live" featuring Short Circuit & Slay Sean off his album Ghetto Postage.
  • In 2001, AZ (rapper) sampled the track for his song called "Problems" off his album 9 Lives.
  • In 2004, Angie Stone sang an interpolation of the outro as the chorus to her song "I Wanna Thank Ya" from her album Stone Love.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 17
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 150.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 74.
  3. ^ John Blake - Adventures of the Heart (1987) album releases & credits at Discogs
  4. ^ Calvin Brooks - My Favorite Thing (1992) album credits & releases at AllMusic
  5. ^ Bill Cantos - Movie in the Night Sky (2000) album credits & releases at AllMusic
  6. ^ Pete Escovedo - Flying South (1995) album review by Gregg Juke, credits & releases at AllMusic
  7. ^ Original TV Soundtrack - New York Undercover: A Night at Natalie's (1998) album review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, credits & releases at AllMusic