I Promise to Wait My Love

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""I Promise to Wait My Love""
Single by Martha and the Vandellas
from the album Riding High
B-side "Forget Me Not"
Released April 4, 1968
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville USA; 1967-1968
Genre R&B
Label Gordy
Writer(s) Billie-Jean Brown
George Gordy
Margaret Johnson Gordy
Allen Story
Producer(s) Richard Morris
Billie-Jean Brown
Henry Cosby
Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology
"Honey Chile"
"I Promise to Wait My Love"
"I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playing"

"I Promise to Wait My Love" is a 1968 single recorded by girl group Martha and the Vandellas, released on the Gordy label.[1] The third release from the group's Ridin' High, it was another single given to them by producer Richard Morris with co-written credit to Sylvia Moy. Produced under a Memphis soul sound similar to soul singer Aretha Franklin, the song has the narrator (lead singer Martha Reeves) promising to wait for her love as he fights in Vietnam, although the song does not overtly reference the war, disguising it as the war being another woman saying that she will love him "even though (he does her) wrong". This song was the group's first single to miss the top 40 on the pop singles chart peaking at number 62[2] while it netted a top 40 entry on the R&B singles chart peaking at number 36 on the chart.[3]



  1. ^ The Complete Motown Singles Vol 8: 1968 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/martha-the-vandellas-mn0001199135/awards
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 378.