Dedicated to the One I Love

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"Dedicated to the One I Love"
Single by The Shirelles
B-side "Look a Here Baby"
Released May 1959
1961 (re-release)
Format 7" single
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2:03
Label Scepter
Songwriter(s) Lowman Pauling, Ralph Bass
The Shirelles singles chronology
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
(1960)
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
(1959)
"Mama Said"
(1961)
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
(1960)
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
(1961)
"Mama Said"
(1961)

"Dedicated to the One I Love" is a song written by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass which was a hit for the "5" Royales, the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas.[1] Pauling was the guitarist of The "5" Royales, the group that recorded the original version of the song, produced by Bass, in 1957. Their version was re-released in 1961 and charted at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The Shirelles version[edit]

A cover version recorded by American girl group the Shirelles[1] reached number 83 in 1959.[3] This version was re-released In 1961 and reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 2 on the R&B charts.[4] The song was subsequently included on their 1961 album Tonight's the Night.

The Mamas & The Papas version[edit]

"Dedicated to the One I Love"
Single by The Mamas & the Papas
from the album The Mamas & The Papas Deliver
B-side "Free Advice"
Released 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded November 26 1966, Western Recorders, 6000 Sunset Boulevard Hollywood CA
Genre Pop
Length 2:56
Label Dunhill
Songwriter(s) Lowman Pauling, Ralph Bass
Producer(s) Lou Adler
The Mamas & the Papas singles chronology
"Words of Love"
(1966)
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
(1967)
"Creeque Alley"
(1967)
"Words of Love"
(1966)
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
(1967)
"Creeque Alley"
(1967)

A subsequent and more popular cover version by the Mamas & the Papas[1] released on the Dunhill label went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967.[5] This version also reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.[6] The lead singer on the Mamas & the Papas version was Michelle Phillips. It was the first time that Phillips was given the lead over Cass Elliot. The song was also included on the group's 1967 album The Mamas & The Papas Deliver.

While the song mixes of the group's singles differ significantly from their album counterparts with some frequency ("Words of Love" and "Creeque Alley," in particular, feature overdubbed instruments that don't appear on the album versions of the songs), "Dedicated to the One I Love" used the same mix for both single and album. However, there are differing versions of the song available.

  • The mono single and mono album versions are identical. In them, Michelle's voice is double-tracked, but mixed down into the 'sound' of one voice. Cass's vocals are more prominent on these, as is the piano accompaniment. The cold ending features all four group members in signature harmony.
  • The stereo album mix moves the piano to the back of the mix, and Mama Cass' voice is further blended into the others'. This is particularly prevalent at the end of the song, where Cass is all but absent.

The group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 to perform both this song and the single to follow, Creeque Alley. Although the single has a running time of 2:56, and the group performed the song in its entirety, edited versions of the song appear on internet video sites with a much shorter running time.

In Popular Media[edit]

In 1992, the long-running CBS nighttime soap opera Knots Landing, in which Michelle Phillips starred, named an episode "Dedicated to the One I Love", in which the Mamas & the Papas version of the song is played in the background. [7]

The Mamas & the Papas version is played at the end of the last scene and during the credits of the 2014 movie The One I Love.

In D-TV Disney, the Mamas and the Papas' version was set to Sleeping Beauty.

The trailer for the Netflix film Okja is set to a re-edited version of the tune.[8]

Other versions[edit]

The song in popular culture[edit]

  • In the 1980s, a version of the song was used in a Kellogg's Special K commercial.
  • In an episode of the television show China Beach, the actress Chloe Webb, portraying a USO touring backup singer, offers a tender and emotional version of the song to a fatally injured soldier as a last request as he is dying.
  • The song was used in a scene in the 1986 film House.
  • In 1992, the long-running CBS nighttime soap opera Knots Landing, in which Michelle Phillips starred, named an episode "Dedicated to the One I Love", in which the Mamas & the Papas' version of the song is played in the background.[15]
  • The song was used in the last scene and fade-out of the 2002 movie Morvern Callar.
  • In 2005, the song was covered by the final 10 of the second season of New Zealand Idol.
  • The Mamas & the Papas' version is played at the end of the last scene and during the credits of the 2014 movie The One I Love.
  • In D-TV Disney, the Mamas and the Papas' version was set to Sleeping Beauty.
  • In 2017, the Netflix series trailer for their movie Okja is set to a re-edited version of the Mamas and the Papas' version.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 36 - The Rubberization of Soul: The Great Pop Music Renaissance. [Part 2]: UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dedicated to the One I Love (song by The 5 Royales) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. 1961-01-23. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Dedicated to the One I Love (song by The Shirelles) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. 1959-07-13. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 523. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). Record Research. p. 392. 
  6. ^ "Dedicated to the One I Love (song by The Mamas & the Papas) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. 1967-02-25. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Season 13 Episode Guide | Knots Landing Guide & Fan Site". KnotsLanding.net. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SxadPL6Up4
  9. ^ "Johnny Preston – Running Bear '65 / Dedicated To The One I Love – Hall – USA – 45-1927". 45cat.com. 1965-03-20. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  10. ^ "The Lettermen – Spring! (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  11. ^ "The O'Kaysions, Girl Watcher". Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Dedicated to the One I Love (song by The Temprees) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  13. ^ "Dedicated to the One I Love (song by Bernadette Peters) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  14. ^ "Dedicated to the One I Love (song by Bitty McLean) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  15. ^ "Season 13 Episode Guide | Knots Landing Guide & Fan Site". KnotsLanding.net. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SxadPL6Up4

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