More Love”


More Love” is a 1967 hit single recorded by the American soul group The Miracles for Motown Records’ Tamla label. The single, included on the group’s 1967 album Make It Happen, later reissued in 1970 as The Tears of a Clown. Kim Carnes’ husky 1980 cover of the song hit the Top 10 of Billboard ’s Adult Contemporary and Hot 100 charts.

The Miracles’ original version

This song’s origins are born from real-life heartbreak and personal tragedy . Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson wrote, produced, and sings lead on “More Love”, which he considers one of his most personal compositions.[1] Robinson wrote the song for his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. Claudette had been a member of the Miracles since 1957, but retired from touring in 1964 after a series of miscarriages. She had a total of 8 miscarriages, which forced her off the road, never to tour with The Miracles again, though she continued to record with them. On one occasion, the Robinsons had a set of twins that were stillborn.[2] According to Smokey Robinson:

“After she had a miscarriage [Claudette] would always tell me she was sorry she had let me down. I would explain that she had not let me down because she was there, she was alive; I wanted the babies, but I didn’t know them. I wrote ‘More Love’ to let her know how I felt about her.” [1]

Unlike most other Miracles songs, the track for “More Love” was recorded by Los Angeles session musicians, instead of in Detroit, Michigan by Motown session band The Funk Brothers and Miracles guitarist Marv Tarplin.[2]

Smokey and Claudette Robinson would eventually have two healthy babies, both named after aspects of the Motown corporation: a boy named Berry (after Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.) and a girl, Tamla, after the Miracles’ record label, Tamla (the Motown Records’ subsidiary label for which The Miracles recorded).

“More Love” peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 19 on the Cash Box Top 100 in the United States, and was a Top 10 Billboard R&B hit, peaking at number five.[3] Although not quite reaching the Pop Top 10 nationally, it was a regional smash, reaching #1 on the Cleveland Ohio Pop Charts for the week of August 11, 1967 [4] The song’s “B” side, Swept For You Baby,, was also a popular regional hit, and has inspired cover versions by The Sylvers, The Blenders, and The Tamlins (as Sweat For You Baby). In Canada, however, “More Love” became a Top 10 hit, reaching number 8, charting higher than Kim Carnes’ subsequent cover version in that country years later..[5