That's What Love Is Made Of
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|"That's What Love Is Made Of"|
|Single by The Miracles|
|from the album I Like It Like That & Greatest Hits from the Beginning|
|B-side||"Would I Love You"|
|Released||August 28, 1964|
|Recorded||August 11, 1964|
|Studio||Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A)|
|Songwriter(s)||Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Warren Moore,|
|The Miracles singles chronology|
That's What Love Is Made Of was a 1964 hit song by Motown's original vocal group, The Miracles, issued on the label's Tamla records subsidiary (Tamla 54102). It was taken from the group's album Greatest Hits from the Beginning, but originally appeared on their abortive 1964 album, I Like It Like That.
Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, and Pete Moore, this song was a Billboard Top 40 Pop hit, peaking at # 35, and a Top 10 Billboard R&B hit, peaking at #9. A showcase for poetic wordplay, The Miracles utilized several famous nursery rhymes in this song; in fact, the song's title itself is a variation of the rhyme "What Are Little Girls/Little Boys Made Of?" and parts of this famous rhyme were incorporated into the lyrics of this song, which, like many Miracles songs, starts with the guitar licks of Miracles member Marv Tarplin. Robinson, as the lead singer, serves as the song's narrator: "You take Sugar and Spice...Everything Nice... and you've got a little girl, yeah, yeah...You take Snakes and Snails....Puppy Dog's tails...and you've got a little boy, yeah, yeah...That's what Love Is Made Of...." The song illustrates that love is never easy, consisting of good times, bad times, heartbreak, jubilation, breakups and makeups ..."That's What Love is Made Of". While Tarplin plays and Robinson sings the lyrics, the other Miracles (Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White, Pete Moore and Claudette Robinson, answer in classic call-and-response style.
The Miracles performed this song before a live audience at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on the 1964 American International Pictures film, The T.A.M.I. Show. Present on stage were Robinson, Tarplin, Rogers, White and Moore. Although present on the original recording, Claudette Robinson, who was married to Smokey Robinson, was not present at the concert, as she had retired from onstage and TV performances earlier that year for family reasons after touring caused her to have miscarriages, but she continued singing on their records as a non-touring member of The Miracles.
The Miracles' That's What Love Is Made Of has inspired cover versions by Michael Jackson, Bobby Vee, Choker Campbell, and The Magicians, and has appeared on many Miracles "Greatest Hits" albums and CD Anthologies. The song's flip side was the popular regional Miracles hit tune, "Would I Love You", which was included on Greatest Hits from the Beginning but did not appear on CD until 1996's Early Classics. Both sides of this single received extended stereo mixes on the 2002 compilation Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology.
Credits and personnel
- Smokey Robinson – lead vocals
- Claudette Robinson – backing vocals
- Pete Moore – backing vocals
- Bobby Rogers – backing vocals
- Ronnie White – backing vocals
- Marv Tarplin – lead guitar
- The Funk Brothers – additional instrumentation