Love Machine (4:16)

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“Love Machine” is a 1976 number-one single recorded by Motown group The Miracles, taken from their album City of Angels.

This single was one of two Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits recorded by The Miracles with Billy Griffin as lead vocalist; the other is 1973’s “Do It Baby”. Griffin had replaced Miracles founder Smokey Robinson as lead singer in 1972. The song features a growling sound by Miracle Bobby Rogers.

Engineered and mixed by Kevin Beamish, “Love Machine” was produced by Freddie Perren, a former member of The Corporation brain trust in charge of the early Jackson 5 hits. It was written by Billy Griffin and his Miracles bandmate Pete Moore, who wrote the rest of the City of Angels tracks as well. The song’s lyrics, delivered over a disco beat, compare a lover to an electronic device such as a computer or a robot. The seven-minute song was split into two parts for its release as a single, with “Part 1” receiving most notoriety.

“Love Machine” was a multi-million selling Platinum single,[1] and a number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and was one of the best-selling singles of The Miracles’ career .The single went to #5 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, and went to #20 on Record World’s National Disco file Top 20 chart. It was also a Top 10 hit in England, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. By 1979, the song saw its first cover version, performed by Thelma Houston. Houston’s version became a popular song with club DJs at the time in the United States, although it did not chart.

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I'm just a love machine
And I won't work for nobody but you (yeah baby)
I'm just a love machine
A huggin', kissin' fiend

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