Dedicated to the One I Love

Dedicated to the One I Love
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
Single by The Shirelles
B-side "Look a Here Baby"
Released 1961
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2:03
Label Scepter
Writer(s) Lowman Pauling, Ralph Bass
The Shirelles singles chronology
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
"Mama Said"
The Mamas and the Papas chronology
"Look Through My Window"
"Dedicated to the One I Love"
"Creeque Alley"

"Dedicated to the One I Love" is the name of a song written by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass. Pauling was the guitarist of The "5" Royales, the group that recorded the original version of this song, Bass was the producer. A version by The Shirelles was a minor hit for them in 1959. The "5" Royales saw a re-release of their own version chart at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. Later that year, The Shirelles re-released their version and watched it rocket up the chart to #3.

A subsequent and more famous remake by The Mamas & the Papas[1] released on the Dunhill label went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. Lead singer on the Mamas & the Papas version was Michelle Phillips. It was the first time Phillips was given the lead over Mama Cass Elliott in any of their songs. In 1972, The Temprees placed their version on the Hot 100 at #93. Bernadette Peters recorded a Hot 100 hit version in 1981, reaching #65. One other notable version was Bitty McLean's reggae remake from 1994, which reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1996, Linda Ronstadt recorded "Dedicated to the One I Love" and made it the title song of her album released that year which featured oldies redone as lullabies. There is also a version by Tanya Stephens on her 1998 album Ruff Rider and by Holly Cole on her 2000 album Romantically Helpless.

In DTV Disney, the Mamas and the Papas' version was set to Walt's 16th film Sleeping Beauty.

In 2005, the song was covered by the Final 10 of the second season of New Zealand Idol.


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