I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" is a soul song most popularly released as a joint single performed by Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations for the Motown label. This version peaked for two weeks at #2 on the Hot 100 in the United States (behind Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine") and at #3 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1969.
All versions of the song credit the songwriting to Jerry Ross and Kenny Gamble, who were the only two writers named on original record labels. Some recordings also credit Jerry Williams as a third writer, although BMI and some other sources credit Leon Huff, rather than Williams.
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" was released as a single by Dee Dee Warwick on Mercury Records as the follow-up to her Top Ten R&B hit "I Want to Be With You"; co-writer Jerry Ross produced the track whose arrangement was by Jimmy Wisner while Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson provided background vocals. This single - whose B-side is the earliest known recorded version of "Yours Until Tomorrow" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King - reached #13 R&B crossing over to #88 Pop in December 1966.
Scoring two consecutive Top 20 R&B hits gave Warwick sufficient cachet for her first album release entitled I Want to Be With You/ I'm Gonna Make You Love Me. Although Warwick had stronger chart showings than "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" the song became the best-known song which was a hit for her by virtue of the Supremes/Temptations remake and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" was the song Warwick performed at the 1999 Rhythm and Blues Foundation awards ceremony when she received a Pioneer Award.
Jerry Ross overall produced ten recordings of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me": these included a version on Jerry Butler's 1967 Soul Artistry album and another by Jay & the Techniques which was featured on the 1968 album release Love, Lost & Found. Ashford & Simpson sang background on all the versions of the song Ross produced with the Jay & the Techniques version also featuring Melba Moore.
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" was offered to Dusty Springfield who recorded for Philips Records, the UK equivalent of Mercury Records. Springfield passed the song on to Madeline Bell, her friend and regular background vocalist. Springfield sang backup vocals on Bell's version, which was featured on Bell's 1967 Philips album release Bell's a Poppin'.
According to Bell "nothing happened with [the album] and the tapes were sent over to America and this one guy took a shine to 'I’m Gonna Make You Love Me'. He printed up 10,000 copies and he sent them round the radio stations and they started playing it. I got a call from Philips in London to say that I had a record moving up the US charts and I had to go to America to promote it. It got to No.26 [and #32 R&B/ April 1968] and it was great to go back to my home town (Newark, New Jersey) with a record in the charts. I was so happy to go home a success."
The US single of Bell's "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" featured "Picture Me Gone" by Chip Taylor and Al Gorgoni as the B-side: originally issued on the Mod label it had its wide release with the Philips logo. Bell's US success led Philips to release her single in the UK - there the B-side was "I'm Gonna Leave You" a composition by Bell, Springfield and Lesley Duncan - where it failed to chart. An I'm Gonna Make You Love Me album became Bell's only full-length release to appear on a major chart reaching #46 on the US R&B album chart.
The summer of 1968 saw the release of another version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" as a single, this one on Cadet Concept by Aesop's Fables a Long Island-based blues/rock unit led by Sonny Bottari. Although this version failed to reach the national charts, it became the third version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" - after Warwick and Bell's - to receive airplay in Detroit within the period of a year and a half: within six months the Motown version brought the total to four.
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" was the lead single, released in November 1968, from the duets album Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations; the track was produced by Frank Wilson along with Nickolas Ashford who had sung background on Dee Dee Warwick's track and the other versions produced by Jerry Ross. Diana Ross and Eddie Kendricks shared lead vocals although Otis Williams worked with Ross during a spoken interlude which was original to this version of the song.
Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations performed several of the songs from their joint album on their headlining TCB television special which aired in December 1968 and it was originally planned that their rendition of "The Impossible Dream", the special's climactic performance, be their joint album's lead single. However radio stations began playing the "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" track off their advance copies of Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations compelling Motown to make "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" the single release even though it was not performed on TCB. Indeed, the Ross/Supremes & Temptations version was never to be performed live (the Temptations did perform "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" on The Ed Sullivan Show, Diana Ross and The Supremes performed the song which was recorded during their farewell performance in Las Vegas in 1970 and Diana Ross performed the song on The Hollywood Palace duetting with Stevie Wonder).
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" reached #2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and its R&B charts in January 1969: the Record World 100 Top Pops ranked "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" at #1 for the three weeks of 4 January to 18 January 1969 while Cash Box ranked the single #1 on its chart for 25 January 1969. In the UK, the single peaked at number 3 in the Top 50, spending six weeks in the Top 10.
- 7" Single (21 November 1968) (North America/United Kingdom/Netherlands/Sweden)
- "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" – 2:56
- "A Place in the Sun" – 4:20
- Lead Vocals by Diana Ross and Eddie Kendricks
- Spoken Interlude by Diana Ross and Otis Williams
- Background Vocals by Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Dennis Edwards
- Produced by Frank Wilson and Nickolas Ashford
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- Claude François recorded "Où Tu Veux, Quand Tu Veux" (I'm Gonna Make You Love Me in French) in 1969.
- Véronique Béliveau recorded "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" for her 1989 album Véronique: the track - which included a section spoken in French - reached the Top 30 of the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
- Celine Dion recorded a short version for the commercial of Canadian department store The Hudson's Bay in 1993.
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"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
#1 on Top 100 Singles chart
January 25, 1969
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"Crimson and Clover"
Tommy James & the Shondells
"For Once in My Life"
#1 on Top 100 Pops
January 4, 1969 - January 18, 1969 (three weeks)
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