The Shirelles

Dedicated to the One I Love

Song Review by

The Mamas and the Papas’ hit version is certainly the best known version of this song, but the Shirelles’ 1961 original is a peach regardless, a Top 3 smash that clashed the last vestiges of the doo wop sound with a soulful shouting that puts one in mind of the musical advances that Stax and (early) Motown would be making in just a few short years.

Admittedly there is a plodding, almost amateurish feel to this version that the later hit would sweep effortlessly away, with the “there’s one thing I want you to do… especially for me” spoken word passage, in particular, sounding as though it could have benefitted from a few more takes. But the a capella intro is as stirring as any period James Brown chest-beater, and the Shirelles’ influence on the British Invasion-to-come is certainly not hard to determine as this ballad rocks through its paces.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Tonight's the Night 1961 Rumble Records / Sceptre
No Image 1962
Various Artists
Chess
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 10 196?
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:03
Happy and in Love 1971 RCA
The Very Best of the Shirelles 1975 Rhino 2:08
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:04
No Image 1981 Audio Fidelity
Anthology (1959-1964) 1986 Rhino 2:07
20 Greatest Hits 1958 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:08
70 Ounces of Gold: Golden Hits 1988
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:05
Golden Oldies, Vol. 1 [Original Sound 1994] 1989
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:03
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Dominion
Golden Classics 1991 Collectables 2:06
The Scepter Records Story 1992
Various Artists
Capricorn 2:04
No Image 1992 Pair 0:00
13 of the Best: Doo Wop Love Songs 1992
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:02
For Lovers Only: WCBS New York, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Collectables 2:03
The Fabulous Shirelles 1993 Ace 2:05
Art Laboe's 60 Killer Oldies 1993
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:04
Superstars Best Love Songs, Vol. 1-2 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:02
Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1961 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:09
Great Rock & Roll Love Songs 1994
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:18
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1961 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:06
Slow Jams: The '60s, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:08
Blues & Soul 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 2:04
Platinum Pop [Platinum Pop] 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Pop 2:03
Soldier Boy [Prime Cuts] 1995 Prime Cuts 1:58
Rock Classics, Vol. 1 [Chicago Music] 1995
Various Artists
Chicago Music Co. / Chicago Records Dist. 2:03
Cruisin' with Rat Fink: Music of the 50's and 60's 1995
Various Artists
Nesak International 2:05
Greatest Hits [Curb] 1995 Curb 2:05
The Best Doo Wop Love Songs, Vol. 1-2 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:03
Unforgettable Hits 60s: He's a Rebel 1996
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:03
Early Girls, Vol. 1: Popsicles and Icicles 1996
Various Artists
Ace 2:03
16 Unforgettable Slows 1996
Various Artists
EPM 2:41
Greatest Hits [Remember] 1996 Remember Records 2:03
Stand by Your Man [Nic at Night] 1996
Various Artists
Nick At Nite / Columbia 2:04
Rock & Roll: 60s Fever 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:06
The Doo Wop Box, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 2:06
For the One I Love: 18 Very Special Songs 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Wedding Album [Double Gold] 1997
Various Artists
Double Gold 2:50
3 for 3: Martha Reeves, The Shirelles & Gladys Knight 1997 St. Clair / 3 for 3 1:59
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 61 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:20
Whole Lotta Rock: 1960-1961 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:07
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:07
East Side Story, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
East Side Records 2:02
Greatest Hits [Eclipse] 1997 Eclipse Music Group 2:03
Rockin' Jukebox, 1961 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:18
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1961 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 2:17
Cigar Aficionado: Music Moods: This Magic Moment 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:19
More Original Jukebox Hits 1998
Various Artists
Empire Super Doubles 2:03
Rock 'N' Roll Reunion 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:20
Masters 1999 Cleopatra 2:03
The Definitive Collection 1999 Charly Records 2:04
25 All-Time Greatest Hits 1999 Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:04
EP Collection 1999 See For Miles Records 2:01
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:03
Love in the 50's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 1:59
The Best of Romance: 60's Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:20
The Girl's Sound: Fifty Hits 1957-1966 2000
Various Artists
Double Gold / Doubles (UK) 2:04
Will You Love Me Tomorrow [DJ Specialist] 2000 Castle Pie 2:06
Back 2 Back: Shirelles & Shangri-Las 2000 Intercontinental Records 2:05
Juke Box Heroes: A Moment of Love 2000
Various Artists
Scopus 2:30
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:20
61* [Original Soundtrack] 2001
Original Soundtrack
Jellybean 2:04
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 1:59
Teenage Idols [4 Discs] 2001
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:03
No Image 2001 Westside Records
Will You Love Me Tomorrow [Castle/Windsong] 2001 Collectables
A Year in Your Life: 1961, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:03
Golden Oldies, Vol. 1 [Original Sound 2002] 2002
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:04
Street Corner Souvenirs: Doo Wop Classics 2002
Various Artists
Golden Stars 1:58
The Definitive Love Collection [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:15
Move Closer [K-Tel 2002] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:14
Back to Back 2003 K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Lowrider Oldies, Vol. 1-3: Cruisin' Chrome Series 2003
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:04
61* [Original Soundtrack & Score] 2003
Original Soundtrack & Score
Jellybean / Sony Music Distribution 2:04
Treasury of Love 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:06
Oldies Forever 2005
Various Artists
Thump Records 6:45
The Best of the Shirelles [Collectables] 2008 Collectables
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 12: 1961 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:04
Love Songs: Remember - Teenage Love Songs 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:40
Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 11: 1959 2013
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:03
Girls of the '60s: Dedicated to the One I Love 2013
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:00
Happy and in Love/Shirelles 2014 RCA / Real Gone Music / Sony Music 2:14
No Image Bescol
No Image
Various Artists
Allegiance Records 0:00
Decade of Hits: The 60's
Various Artists
Dynamic / Dynamic Nostalgia 0:00
Dedicated to Love: 70 Classic Love Songs
Various Artists
Cherished Records
Juke Box Heroes
Various Artists
Scopus 2:30
No Image
Various Artists
Labelle
Moment of Love
Various Artists
Scopus 2:30
No Image
Various Artists
Puzzled Records
No Image Impact
No Image
Various Artists
Bcd