"Caravan of Love" is a 1985 R&B hit originally recorded by Isley-Jasper-Isley, the second half of The Isley Brothers' 3 + 3 lineup of the 1970s.

Original Isley-Jasper-Isley version

After breaking away from the legendary family group, the group (notably Chris Jasper) wrote and produced this single, which was Jasper's interpolation intending to reach audiences by presenting Christian beliefs in his music. The song became the trio's biggest hit going to #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and #51 on the Billboard pop chart in 1985;[1] it would be their only prominent hit before they splintered into solo careers in 1988. The music video was filmed on-location in New York City.

Personnel

Track listings

7" vinyl single

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 4:15

Side two

  1. "I Can't Get over Losin' You" – 4:05

12" vinyl single

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 5:43

Side two

  1. "I Can't Get over Losin' You" – 4:05

Chart performance

Chart (1985) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 51
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[2] 1
Chart (1986) Peak
position
Dutch Top 40[3] 21
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[2] 16

The Housemartins version

British indie band The Housemartins released "Caravan of Love" in November 1986. The a cappella song was a success, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart on 16 December 1986 (only the second a cappella recording to do so, after "Only You" by the Flying Pickets in 1983), before being denied the Christmas number one single by a posthumous re-release of Jackie Wilson's "Reet Petite".[4]

The song was released on the greatest hits compilation Now That's What I Call Quite Good.

Track listings

7" vinyl single

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love" – 3:40

Side two

  1. "When I First Met Jesus" – 2:46

12" vinyl single

Side one

  1. "Caravan of Love"
  2. "We Shall Not Be Moved"

Side two

  1. "When I First Met Jesus"
  2. "So Much in Love"
  3. "Heaven Help Us All (Sermonette)"

Chart performance

Chart (1986) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[5] 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australian (Kent Music Report) 24[6]
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 7
Dutch Top 40[8] 3
German Top100 Singles[9] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[10] 2
Spain (AFYVE)[11] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[12] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 2

Other versions

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 279.
  2. ^ a b c "Billboard charts at Allmusic". Retrieved November 22, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 8, 1986". Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 469. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "everyhit.com search results". Archived from the original on July 18, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 142. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "austriancharts.at". Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 7, 1987". Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Suchergebnis — Suche nach: "Housemartins" UND "Caravan" UND "of" UND "Love" — Suche in: Deutsche Single-Charts ab 1956". Retrieved December 10, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "norwegiancharts.com". Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  12. ^ "swedishcharts.com". Retrieved November 23, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "hitparade.ch". Archived from the original on June 28, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ http://zobbel.de/cluk/141115cluk.txt
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