Isley Jasper Isley were brothers Marvin and Ernie Isley and their brother, Chris Jasper, all former members of the Isley Brothers. This was their biggest hit topping the American R&B chart for 3 weeks. It was co-written by all three members of the band.
Chris Jasper explained in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "I had been looking at the world scene quite a bit and I wasn't pleased with what I was seeing. I just felt that we all needed a positive message. I had the melody in my head for about 4 months before I put pen to paper. When I did, I wrote the song in 20 minutes and those lyrics just poured out."
In 1986 The British group The Housemartins recorded an a cappella version of this which topped the UK charts over Christmas in 1986.
Suggestion credit: Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England
Ghadi64rag from SfAnd then Gregory Abbott comes and rips the entire song off and makes Shake You Down. Hope Isley-Jasper-Isley were compensated and granted writing credits!
Lester from New York City, NyErnie Isley CAN PLAY THE GUITAR!!!!!!! If you get the opportunity, listen to his solo album, 'High Wire'.
Paul from Cincinnati, OhEmmerhoff and the Melancholy Babies, a Norwegian group, use the phrase "caravan of love" in their song, "Caravanserai." Perhaps it's a reference to this song. The song is the first song on their album, "If This Darkness Lingers."
Edward Pearce from Ashford, Kent, EnglandThe Housemartin's version of 'Caravan Of Love' topped the UK chart on the chart of 20th December 1986. The following week, Jackie Wilson's re-released 'Reet Petite' replaced it at #1, so I guess I'd have been more correct in saying on the above songfact that the Housemartin's version topped the UK charts in the week before Christmas in 1986.
Dave from Cardiff, WalesThe Housemartins' cover did not top the charts at Xmas 1986, it lost out to the late Jackie Wilson's re-released "Reet Petite"