Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
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|"Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)"|
|Single by Martha and the Vandellas|
|from the album Greatest Hits|
|A-side||"You've Been in Love Too Long"|
|Released||July 26, 1965|
|Recorded||Hitsville U.S.A., April 10, 1964 & May 5, 1965|
|Producer(s)||Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier|
|Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology|
"Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)" is a 1965 pop ballad by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. A rare ballad for the group, whose forte was reportedly uptempo soul dance numbers[by whom?] including "Dancing in the Street" and "Nowhere to Run", the b-side to the group's single, "You've Been in Love Too Long", although the song only peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #22 on the Billboard Hot R&B singles chart, it was number one on many American urban radio playlists.The song, written and produced by Holland–Dozier–Holland, has the narrator explain why love makes her do things she later regrets.[original research?]
Other artist recording the song include: Kim Weston (original recording artist on unreleased track), Diana Ross and the Supremes, Thee Midnighters, Slim Smith, Jean Carn, Billy Preston, and Eula Cooper. The Andantes recorded co-backing vocals on all three Motown recordings.
- Lead vocals by Martha Reeves
- Background vocals by The Andantes: Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow and Louvain Demps
- Produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier
- Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, Jr.
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
- 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records
- Whitburn, Joel (2010). Hot R&B Songs 1942-2010: 6th Edition. Record Research.
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