“Dedicated to the One I Love” is a song written by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass which was a hit for the “5” Royales, the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas. Pauling was the guitarist of The “5” Royales, the group that recorded the original version of the song, produced by Bass, in 1957. Their version was re-released in 1961 and charted at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1967, a subsequent and more popular cover version by the Mamas & the Papas released on the Dunhill label went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, kept from number 1 by Happy Together by The Turtles. This version also reached number 2 on the UK’s Record Retailer chart. The lead singer on the Mamas & the Papas version was Michelle Phillips. It was the first time that Phillips was given the lead over Cass Elliot. The song was also included on the group’s 1967 album The Mamas & The Papas Deliver.
While the song mixes of the group’s singles differ significantly from their album counterparts with some frequency (“Words of Love” and “Creeque Alley,” in particular, feature overdubbed instruments that don’t appear on the album versions of the songs), “Dedicated to the One I Love” used the same mix for both single and album. However, there are differing versions of the song available.