ON THIS DATE (42 YEARS AGO)
May 13, 1970 – The Jackson 5: “The Love You Save” b/w “I Found That Girl” (Motown M-1166) 45 single is released in the US.
“The Love You Save” is a 1970 number-one hit single recorded by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label, as well as holding the number-one spot on the soul singles chart for six weeks. It held the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks, from June 27 to July 4, 1970. The song is the third of four Jackson 5 number ones released in a row (the others being “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, and “I’ll Be There”). “The Love You Save” also features side vocals of Jermaine Jackson singing alongside Michael in the final “Stop! The love you save may be your own” besides Marlon and Tito Jackson.
The song’s lyrics feature Michael and Jermaine Jackson warning a “fast” girl to slow down and “stop!” because “the love you save may be your own!”
The opening exclamation of “stop” and the footstomps that complement the rhythm during the latter part of the song are allusions to the 1965 number-one Motown single by The Supremes, “Stop! In the Name of Love”. The Jackson 5 essentially replaced The Supremes as Motown’s main focus in the early 1970s, although Diana Ross, who left the group for a solo career not long before the release of this single, was publicized as having discovered the Jackson 5.
Like most of the other early Jackson 5 hits, “The Love You Save” was written and produced by The Corporation, a team composed of Motown chief Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards and recorded in Los Angeles, California, away from the old Motown studio at Hitsville USA in Detroit, Michigan. “The Love You Save” was the second single from the second Jackson 5 album and significantly it was second single in a row to top The Beatles after the song ABC.