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"
ReleasedJuly 26, 1965
Format7" single
RecordedHitsville U.S.A., April 10, 1964 & May 5, 1965
GenrePop
LabelGordy
Songwriter(s)Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s)Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology
"Nowhere to Run"
(1965)
"You've Been in Love Too Long" / "Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)"
(1965)
"My Baby Loves Me"
(1966)

"Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)" is a 1965 pop ballad by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas.[1] 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,[2] it was number one on many American urban radio playlists.[citation needed]The song, written and produced by Holland–Dozier–Holland, has the narrator explain why love makes her do things she later regrets.[original research?][citation needed]

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.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972 [CD liner notes]. New York: Hip-O Select/Motown/Universal Records
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). Hot R&B Songs 1942-2010: 6th Edition. Record Research.
  3. ^ http://www.dftmc.info/titles/tl-05.htm
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/eccentric-soul-the-tragar-note-labels-mw0000789615
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/search/all/Love%20%28Makes%20Me%20Do%20Foolish%20Things%29%20
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/reflections-mw0000264141
  7. ^ https://www.discogs.com/artist/1030759-Eula-Cooper
  8. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Jean-Carn-Sweet-And-Wonderful/master/568786
  9. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Slim-Smith-Paulette-Let-It-Be-Me-Love-Makes-Me-Do-Foolish-Things/release/8665107