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|
|Recorded||Hitsville USA; 1967-1968|
Margaret Johnson Gordy
|Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology|
"I Promise to Wait My Love" is a 1968 single recorded by girl group Martha and the Vandellas, released on the Gordy label. 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, while it netted a top 40 entry on the R&B singles chart peaking at number 36 on the chart.
- Lead vocals by Martha Reeves
- Background vocals by Rosalind Ashford, Sandra "Lois" Reeves and The Andantes: Marlene Barrow, Jackie Hicks and Louvain Demps
- Produced by Richard Morris
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
- The Complete Motown Singles Vol 8: 1968 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 378.
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