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
Format 7" single
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"

"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 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] In 1961, they re-released their version and it 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
Genre Pop
Length 2:56
Label Dunhill
Writer(s) Lowman Pauling, Ralph Bass
Producer(s) Lou Adler
The Mamas & the Papas singles chronology
"Look Through My Window"
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
"Creeque Alley"

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.

In 1992, the long-running CBS night time soap Knots Landing a show that Michelle Phillips starred in, 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 also set to Sleeping Beauty.

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Song in popular culture[edit]

  • 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.
  • Used during a scene in the 1986 film House.


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