Dedicated to the One I Love

The Shirelles

Song Review by Dave Thompson

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
Murray the K's Gassers for Submarine Race Watchers 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
Juke Box Giants 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
Hottest Girl Groups: 1960s 1991
Various Artists
Dominion
Golden Classics 1991 Collectables 2:06
The Scepter Records Story 1992
Various Artists
Capricorn 2:04
Dedicated to You 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
Love Is... [K-Tel] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:16
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
Valentine: 18 Ways to Say I Love You 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:16
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
Tonight's the Night/Baby It's You 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
A Box Full of Love, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel
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
21 Greatest Hits Bescol
Bedrock: 50s & 60s Rock & Roll
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
Halfway to Paradise [K-Tel]
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:16
Heartbeats: 100 Romantic Sounds From the 60's
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:16
Hit Parade 1961
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:08
Juke Box Heroes
Various Artists
Scopus 2:30
Karaoke: Girl Power-Singing to the Hits
Various Artists
K-Tel
Love Classics: 70 All Time Classic Love Songs
Various Artists
Labelle
Moment of Love
Various Artists
Scopus 2:30
Romantica: A Collection of 70 Classic Love Songs for Your Romantic Moments
Various Artists
Puzzled Records
Sha La La La La Impact
Songs Known from TV Commericals
Various Artists
Bcd
The Greatest Valentine's Day Love Songs
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:16
The Greatest Valentine's Day Love Songs of The 60's
Various Artists
K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:16