Caravan of Love

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"Caravan of Love"
Isley Jasper Isley - Caravan of Love single cover.jpg
Single by Isley-Jasper-Isley
from the album Caravan of Love
B-side"I Can't Get over Losin' You"
Released1985 (1985)
Format7" single, 12" single
RecordedEast Orange, New Jersey, 1985 (1985)
GenreR&B, soul
Length5:42
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley
Producer(s)Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley

"Caravan of Love" is a 1985 R&B hit originally recorded by Isley-Jasper-Isley, the second half of The Isley Brothers' 3 + 3 lineup of the 1970s.

Original Isley-Jasper-Isley version[edit]

After breaking away from the legendary family group, the group (notably Chris Jasper) wrote and produced this single, which was Jasper's interpolation intending to reach audiences by presenting Christian beliefs in his music. The song became the trio's biggest hit going to #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and #51 on the Billboard pop chart in 1985;[1] it would be their only prominent hit before they splintered into solo careers in 1988. The music video was filmed on-location in New York City.

Personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[edit]

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 4:15

Side two

  1. "I Can't Get over Losin' You" – 4:05

12" vinyl single[edit]

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 5:43

Side two

  1. "I Can't Get over Losin' You" – 4:05

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 51
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[2] 1
Chart (1986) Peak
position
Dutch Top 40[3] 21
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[2] 16

The Housemartins version[edit]

"Caravan of Love"
The Housemartins Caravan of Love single cover.jpg
Single by The Housemartins
B-side"When I First Met Jesus"
ReleasedNovember 1986 (1986-11)
Format7" single, 12" single
Recorded1986 (1986)
GenreA cappella
Length3:40
LabelGo! Discs (UK)
Elektra (US)
Songwriter(s)Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley
Producer(s)John Williams
The Housemartins singles chronology
"Think for a Minute"
(1986)
"Caravan of Love"
(1986)
"Five Get Over Excited"
(1987)

British indie band The Housemartins released "Caravan of Love" in November 1986. The a cappella song was a success, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart on 16 December 1986, (only the second a cappella recording to do so, after "Only You" by the Flying Pickets in 1983), before being denied the Christmas number one single by a posthumous re-release of Jackie Wilson's "Reet Petite".[4]

The song was released on the greatest hits compilation Now That's What I Call Quite Good.

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[edit]

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 3:40

Side two

  1. "When I First Met Jesus" – 2:46

12" vinyl single[edit]

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love"
  2. "We Shall Not Be Moved"

Side two

  1. "When I First Met Jesus"
  2. "So Much in Love"
  3. "Heaven Help Us All (Sermonette)"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[5] 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Chart (1987) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 7
Dutch Top 40[7] 3
German Top100 Singles[8] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[9] 2
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 2

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 279.
  2. ^ a b c "Billboard charts at Allmusic". Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 8, 1986". Retrieved November 22, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 469. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "everyhit.com search results". Archived from the original on July 18, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2008.
  6. ^ "austriancharts.at". Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2008.
  7. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 7, 1987". Retrieved November 23, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Suchergebnis — Suche nach: "Housemartins" UND "Caravan" UND "of" UND "Love" — Suche in: Deutsche Single-Charts ab 1956". Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  9. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2008.
  10. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  11. ^ "swedishcharts.com". Retrieved November 23, 2008.
  12. ^ "hitparade.ch". Archived from the original on June 28, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2008.
  13. ^ http://zobbel.de/cluk/141115cluk.txt