Words of Love (The Mamas & the Papas song)
|"Words of Love"|
|Single by The Mamas & the Papas|
|from the album The Mamas & the Papas|
|B-side||"Dancing in the Street"|
|Genre||Psychedelic pop, folk rock|
|The Mamas & the Papas singles chronology|
"Words of Love" is a song appearing on the album The Mamas & the Papas. The song was written by John Phillips, and featured Cass Elliot as the primary vocalist. It was released as a single in November 1966 (backed with a cover of Martha and the Vandellas's "Dancing in the Street").
Given the disappointing chart placement of the prior single, Look Through My Window, hopes were high that Words of Love would return the group to the upper reaches of the charts: on the week of January 21, 1967, the single fulfilled this hope, as it reached No. 5 in the United States. Overseas, it peaked at No. 47 in the United Kingdom.
The mono single, while approximately the same running time as the stereo version, contains a horn section overdub not heard in the stereo mix, extra backing vocals, and a more prominent piano; Elliot's vocals fade out a bit sooner near the end. This was the only song by the band which does not include a vocal contribution from either Phillips or Denny Doherty.
Michelle did contribute her high pitched "no" right before the chorus.
The B-Side, Dancing in the Street, is a cover of the Martha and the Vandellas smash from 1964. The Mamas & the Papas used the song in their live performances, and this flip side garnered enough airplay on its own accord to reach #73 on the Billboard Pop Chart.
In 1971, Mama Cass featured "Words of Love" as the B-side of one of her UK single releases, "One Way Ticket." This inclusion provided "Words of Love" with additional exposure in Britain given its relatively tepid chart showing five years earlier.
- In 2008, Nicole Atkins did a cover for an exclusive Barnes & Noble three track promotional sampler CD "Introducing Nicole Atkins" in conjunction with her appearance for their "Upstairs at the Square" series held in Manhattan.
In popular culture
- The song was used frequently as bumper music during the early years of Coast to Coast AM.
- The song was featured as the outro to the eighth episode of the sixth season of Mad Men.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 392.
- "Mama Cass Elliot - One Way Ticket / Words Of Love - Probe - UK - PRO 537". 45cat.com. 1971-09-03. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
- Leeds, Sarene (May 20, 2013). "'Mad Men' Recap: Monday Morning Coming Down". Rolling Stone.
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