Bobby Caldwell – “What You Won’t Do for Love”

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“What You Won’t Do for Love,” is a song with a smooth, jazzy and soulful sound and Bobby Caldwell has a voice out of this world that could easily be a favorite song for any couple in love. It brings back lots of memories of the 70’s. Growing up in Miami exposed Caldwell to a variety of music such as Haitian, Latin, reggae and R&B, and also grew up listening to the music of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

While Bobby Caldwell had a career spanning 30 years, this was his only Top 40 single and the song he’s best remembered for. Caldwell wrote “What You Won’t Do for Love” for his debut album, after he’d recorded the other songs and his manager expressed disappointment that there was no evident hit.

Bobby Caldwell is the jazz artist most noted for being white and yet sounding African American. It got to the point where his label tried to hide the fact that he was white.

Caldwell is also far more popular in Japan, of all places. There’s no clear explanation for this, any more than for why David Hasselhoff is huge in Germany.

Artists to cover this song include Phyllis Hyman, Go West, Michael Bolton, and Victor Wooten. It was also part of the soundtrack for the 1997 crime-drama film “Donnie Brasco.”

“What You Won’t Do for Love” is a good example of the “quiet storm” sub-genre. Quiet storm is a kind of slow, extra-smooth jazz meant to be played late-night on radio stations – the idea is that the music should go well with either coming home from a night on the town or a graveyard shift at work.

Released in 1978 on the album “What You Won’t Do for Love,” the song peaked at #9 in the USA.

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Song Lyrics –

I guess you wonder where I’ve been
I searched to find a love within
I came back to let you know
Got a thing for you and I can’t let go

My friends wonder what is wrong with me
Well I’m in a daze from your love, you see
I came back to let you know
Got a thing for you and I can’t let go

Some people go around the world for love
But they may never find what they dream of

What you won’t do, to do for love
You tried everything but you don’t give up
In my world only you
Make me do for love what I would not do

My friends wonder what is wrong with me
But I’m in a daze from your love, you see
I came back to let you know
Got a thing for you and I can’t let go

But then I only want the best, it’s true
I can’t believe the things I do for you

What you won’t do, do for love
You’ve tried everything but you won’t give up
In my world, only you make me do for love what I would not do
Make me do for love what I would not do
Make me do for love what I would not do
Make me do for love what I would not do

Writer/s: Alfons Kettner & Bobby Caldwell
Credit: Songfacts.com

 

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