Bobby Caldwell

What You Won't Do for Love

Composed by Alfons Kettner / Bobby Caldwell

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Bobby Caldwell met producer/publisher/manager Henry Marx in 1976, when Marx was a staff producer at an independent record company. One of Marx's acts, singer Donny Gerrard (lead vocalist on Skylark's "Wildflower"), covered one of Caldwell's songs. In 1979, Caldwell signed with Henry Stone's Hialeah, FL-based TK Records, recording on their Clouds label. It seemed an odd signing at the time as the label was the home of million-selling disco hitmakers KC and the Sunshine Band, and Caldwell was a jazzy, romantic balladeer. TK also struck gold with Anita Bell's "Ring My Bell" (a platinum-selling cover by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince in 1992), George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby," his wife Gwen McCrae's "Rockin' Chair," rock group Foxy's "Get Off," Latimore's "Let's Straighten It Out," and Jimmy Bo Horne's "Let's Dance Across the Floor." Around the time of the signing, Caldwell asked Marx to become his manager. The two went on a 14-month, 200,000-mile national promotional tour. The resultant airplay began to generate listener phone response and retail sales took both his first album, Bobby Caldwell, and the single, "What You Won't Do for Love," to platinum status in the United States and Japan. The track was a Top Ten hit on both the R&B and pop charts. The follow-up singles, "Can't Say Goodbye" and "My Flame," were both Top 40 R&B hits. During the '90s, Caldwell and Marx formed the Sindrome label with Caldwell becoming a smooth jazz radio favorite.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
What You Won't Do for Love 1978 Sin-Drome Records / Sin-Drome 4:46
Classic Mellow Mastercuts, Vol. 1 1991
Various Artists
Mastercuts 4:49
WNUA 95.5: Smooth Jazz Sampler for AIDS Relief 1994 1994
Various Artists
WNUA 4:45
The Best of T.K. Soul Singles 1994
Various Artists
Hot Productions 4:49
Soul Classics Quiet Storm: The 70's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:47
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-mack 4:46
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 20 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Old Skoolin' 1996
Various Artists
Quality
Smooth Grooves: A Sensual Collection, Vols. 1-4 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
MVP Classic Mellow, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
MVP Records 4:45
Rock On 1978 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 4:45
KSSJ 101.9 the City Sampler, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
KSSJ 4:46
Beverly Hills 90210: Songs from the Peach Pit 1996
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 3:32
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:48
Original Players of Love 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution
The Greatest Love Songs [K-Tel] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:31
Timeline: The Anthology, Pt. 1 1998 Sin-Drome Records / Sin-Drome 4:25
Smooth Jazz [Metacom] 1998
Various Artists
Metacom 4:48
WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 4:43
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1979 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Love in the 70's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:48
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Smooth Grooves: Jazzy Soul, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:48
Smooth Jazz [Edeltone] 2000
Various Artists
Edeltone 4:47
Smooth Grooves: The Essential Collection 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
Soft Rock [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:47
Time & Again: The Anthology, Pt. 2 2001 Sin-Drome Records / Sin-Drome 4:45
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Soul Classics Quiet Storm [Box] 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:47
Greatest Hits 2003 Polydor
Seventies [Goldies Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 3:27
Late Night Moods 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:45
Best of T.K. Records, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:44
Givenchy Presents Lucky Charms Selected 2004
Various Artists
Jvc Victor
Best 2004 Jvc Victor
Free Soul - Drive With 2005 Jvc Victor
Gold: Quiet Storm 2007
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Music 4:46
R&B Classics 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 4:45
Sweet Soul of the '70s: I Love Music 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:47
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:47
Sunday In Bed N°6: Sexy Sounds For Lazy Lovers
Various Artists
Clubstar 4:44
That Lovin' Feelin': Best of Blue-Eyed Soul
Various Artists
Green Hill Productions / Spring Hill Music
Whata' Wonderful 70's
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:48
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