What You Won't Do for Love (song)
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|"What You Won't Do for Love"|
U.S. red heart-shaped vinyl limited edition
|Single by Bobby Caldwell|
|from the album Bobby Caldwell|
|B-side||"Love Won't Wait"|
|Songwriter(s)||Bobby Caldwell, Alfons Kettner|
|Bobby Caldwell singles chronology|
"What You Won't Do for Love" is a blue-eyed soul-styled single written by Bobby Caldwell with Alfons Kettner, which Caldwell recorded for his eponymous debut album, released in 1978 by Clouds Records domestically and by TK Records internationally.
After gaining a reputation in Miami clubs as a talented musician, Caldwell was signed to an exclusive contract with TK Records in 1978 by TK Records president Henry Stone. Heading to the studio, Caldwell recorded his first album, which was given a redo after Stone felt the album was good but "didn't have a hit". Caldwell returned to the studio and came up with the final product, which included "What You Won't Do for Love". The song's horn arrangement was written and recorded by Miami arranger Mike Lewis.
Caldwell wanted the song to be the sixth track on the album since he figured the song's second track, "My Flame", which featured him playing guitar, would be the hit. However, TK Records felt confident that "What You Won't Do for Love" would be the breakout hit. When it was released to R&B radio, TK Records did its best to shield Caldwell's identity (Caucasian) hoping not to alienate its predominantly black audience. However, when Caldwell began making performances live on stage, it only increased demand. The song would become Caldwell's most successful single and also his signature song, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 6 on the Hot Selling Soul Singles chart, and number 10 on the Easy Listening chart.
According to the broadcast of American Top 40 for the week ending February 3, 1979, the week in which the song debuted at #38 on the Top 40, a heart-shaped pressing of the single was the most expensive single up to that point. The heart-shaped single was originally released as a promotional item only, but public demand led to 50,000 copies being pressed in time for Valentine's Day 1979 with a retail price of $7.98—about the price of a full LP album at the time. The single was also available on standard round vinyl as well.
- Bobby Caldwell – lead and backing vocals, keyboards
- Benny Latimore – keyboards
- Steve Mealy – guitar
- Richie Valesquez – bass guitar
- Harold Seay – drums
|Year||Song||UK Singles chart||US Billboard AC|
|1993||"What You Won't Do For Love"||15||3|
- Year-end charts
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||100|
Boyz II Men
|Year||Song||Hot R&B Singles|
|2004||"What You Won't Do For Love"||60|
Other cover versions
- Peabo Bryson and Natalie Cole, on We're the Best of Friends (1979)
- Roy Ayers, on No Stranger to Love (1980)
- Dionne Warwick, on Hot! Live and Otherwise (1981)
- Phyllis Hyman, on Living All Alone (1986)
- Peter Mann (1992) (as "Do For Love")
- Luciano, on Don't Get Crazy (1994) (as "Got A Thing For You")
- Montell Jordan (unreleased, played on the soundtrack of New York Undercover)
- Intro, on New Life (1995)
- Hiram Bullock, on Carrasco (1997)
- Tupac Shakur, on R U Still Down? (Remember Me) (1997)
- Victor Wooten, on What Did He Say? (1997)
- Goldie, on Ring of Saturn (1998)
- Michael Bolton, on Timeless: The Classics Vol. 2 (1999)
- Fuel (2002) (as "Do 4 Love")
- Jay R, on Soul in Love (2008)
- Daniel Evans featuring Snake Davis, on No Easy Way (2010)
- Jessie Ware, on Devotion (2012) (bonus track only)
- Lina Nikol, on Your Love (2015)
- Junior Boys, on Big Black Coat (2016)
"What You Won't Do for Love" has been sampled on the following songs, among others:
- Aaliyah - "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (Vocal Interpolation)
- Mona Lisa - "Just Wanna Please U"
- Alfonzo Blackwell - "Love No Limit"
- Charles Hamilton - "Where I've Been"
- Charles Hamilton - "Him"
- Esham - "24/7"
- DJ Rashad - Ghetto Tekz Runnin It
- Guru - "Something in the Past"
- Kool G Rap - "Blowin' up in the World"
- Luniz - "Playa Hata" (Vocal and Audio Sample)
- Mary J. Blige - "Love No Limit" (Uncredited)
- Master P - "If I Could Change"
- Tatyana Ali - "Boy You Knock Me Out" (Audio Sample)
- 2Pac - "Do for Love" (Vocal Sample)
- 2Pac - "Heaven Ain't Hard 2 Find"
- 2Pac - "What I Won't Do For Love" (Unreleased)
- Young Zee - "Everybody Get High"
- DJ Jazzy Jeff - "My Soul's Not 4 Sale (feat. Raheem DeVaughn)"
- Sa-Deuce - "Don't waste my time"
- Foesum - "In the Wind"
- Z-Ro- "So Much" 
- Brown Eyed Soul - "Candy"
- Obeth Pacatang- cover version ( Live The Breakout )
- Jessie Ware- cover version
Songs with vocal interpolations of "What You Won't Do For Love" include the following:
- Afroman- "Do for Bud"
- Mariah Carey, Da Brat & Elephant Man - "Got a Thing 4 You" 
- Max B featuring French Montana - "Do 4 Drugs"
- Caldwell's recording of the song was featured in the film Donnie Brasco (1997).
- The song was featured in a 2014 commercial for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 97.
- "American Top 40," Week Ending February 3, 1979, replayed February 8, 2014, SiriusXM Radio
- "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 7 April 1979. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 4 May 1979. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
- Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
- Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 24, 1979
- "Top 100 Singles (1979)". RPM. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
- Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1979
- Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 100.
- "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
- Video on YouTube
- "Don't Get Crazy by Luciano | Album | Listen for Free on Myspace". Myspace.com. 1995-02-07. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
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- "2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport TV Spot, 'New Beauty' Song Bobby Caldwell". iSpot.tv. Retrieved 26 October 2013.