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
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2:03
Label Scepter
Writer(s) Lowman Pauling, Ralph Bass
The Shirelles singles chronology
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
"Mama Said"
The Mamas and the Papas singles chronology
"Look Through My Window"
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
"Creeque Alley"

"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 this song, produced by Bass, in 1957. Their version was re-released in 1961 and charted at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The Shirelles version[edit]

  • A version recorded by The Shirelles[1] reached #83 in 1959.[3] In 1961, they re-released their version and it reached #3 on the Hot 100 chart and #2 on the R&B charts.[4]

The Mamas & The Papas version[edit]

Other versions[edit]

Song in popular culture[edit]

  • In 1992, the long-running CBS night time soap, Knots Landing, named an episode, "Dedicated to the One I Love", in which The Mamas & The Papas' version of the song is played in the background.[12]
  • In D-TV Disney, the Mamas and the Papas' version was set to Sleeping Beauty.
  • In 2005, the song was covered by the final 10 of the second season of New Zealand Idol.
  • The song is used in the last scene and fade-out of the movie Morvern Callar (1995).
  • In an episode of the television show China Beach, which has been described as a Vietnam-era version of M*A*S*H, the actress Chloe Webb, portraying a USO touring backup singer, offers a tender and emotional version of this song to a fatally injured soldier as a last request to help his death.
  • The Mamas & The Papas version is played at the end of the last scene, and during the credits, of the movie The One I Love (2014).
  • Used during a scene in the 1986 film House.


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