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This song incorporated the backing of a large wordless choir, which in reality was the group's voices. It was painstakingly built up from chord loops and multi tracks. Some 256 vocal dubs were required to complete the lush harmonies behind Eric Stewart's vocal.
The idea for the song came from Stewart saying to his wife that if he kept saying "I Love You" over and over, it wouldn't mean anything even though he did love her.
The whispered vocals of "Be quiet, big boys don't cry" came from the secretary of Strawberry Studios, Kathy Redfern.
The 4 members of 10cc had been on the British music scene for a while when they formed. Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a former member of the Mockingbirds and had written hits for Jeff Beck, the Yardbirds, the Hollies and Herman's Hermits. Singer/guitarist Eric Stewart was a former member of Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Lol Creme and Kevin Godley were both highly regarded studio musicians. They originally formed in 1970 as a session band known as Hotlegs, and had a surprise hit with "Neanderthal Man." They then signed to pop mogul Jonathan King's UK label and recorded 11 UK Top Ten hits including two other #1s, "Rubber Bullets" in 1973 and "Dreadlock Holiday" in 1978. Creme and Godley left the band by the time "Dreadlock Holiday" was recorded to concentrate on video production as well as developing the Gizmo, a guitar modification device they invented. They had one other US Top Ten hit in 1977, "The Things We Do For Love," which reached #5. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
The Pretenders recorded this in 1993 for the movie Indecent Proposal. (thanks, Mert - Istanbul, Turkey)
Fifteen years later in 1990, this became a #1 hit on the Pop, AC and R&B Charts for Will To Power, a duo who had another hit 2 years earlier in 1988 with a medley of two cover songs, Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way
" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird
." Will To Power's cover version is featured on their album The Journey Home
. (thanks, Annabelle - Eugene, OR)
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