The Love You Save

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"The Love You Save"
Single by The Jackson 5
from the album ABC
B-side "I Found That Girl"
Released May 13, 1970 (U.S.)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville West, Los Angeles; March 1970
Genre Bubblegum pop, Soul
Length 3:00
Label Motown
M 1166
Writer(s) The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards) [1]
Producer(s) The Corporation
The Jackson 5 singles chronology
"The Love You Save"
"I'll Be There"

"The Love You Save" is a 1970 number-one hit single recorded by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label, as well as holding the number-one spot on the soul singles chart for six weeks.[2] It held the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks, from June 27 to July 4, 1970 (in the UK Top 40 chart, it peaked at number 7 in August 1970). The song is the third of four Jackson 5 number ones released in a row (the others being "I Want You Back", "ABC", and "I'll Be There"). Billboard ranked the record as the No. 16 song of 1970, one slot behind the Jackson 5's "ABC."[3]

"The Love You Save" also features side vocals of Jermaine Jackson singing alongside Michael in the final "Stop! The love you save may be your own" besides Marlon and Tito Jackson. The song's lyrics feature Michael and Jermaine Jackson warning a "fast" girl to slow down and "stop!" because "the love you save may be your own!"

The opening exclamation of "stop" and the foot stomps that complement the rhythm during the latter part of the song are allusions to the 1965 number-one Motown single by The Supremes, "Stop! In the Name of Love". The Jackson 5 essentially replaced The Supremes as Motown's main focus in the early 1970s, although Diana Ross, who left the group for a solo career not long before the release of this single, was publicized as having discovered the Jackson 5.[citation needed]

Others claim that Bobby Taylor, who produced their first album at Motown and was lead Singer of ‘Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers’, discovered the Jackson 5 and brought them to the attention of Berry Gordy.[4] Taylor had shepherded them through their first couple of hits in LA, but Berry (according to Bobby) felt that the material was too adult for the age of the performers, and like the remainder of the early Jackson 5 hits, "The Love You Save" was written and produced back in Detroit by The Corporation, a team composed of Motown chief Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards and recorded in Los Angeles, California, away from the old Motown studio at Hitsville USA in Detroit, Michigan.

"The Love You Save" was the second single from the second Jackson 5 album and significantly these first two singles immediately succeeded The Beatles' last two singles (the first was the song ABC).

Chart performance[edit]



Preceded by
"The Long and Winding Road" / "For You Blue" by The Beatles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 27, 1970 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" by Three Dog Night
Preceded by
"Love on a Two-Way Street" by The Moments
Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single
June 20, 1970 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder