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The Contours Do You Love Me

Rock and Roll Music

The song was written by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, Jr. Gordy recorded it with The Contours. In 1962, the song went to #1 on the R&B Chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first hit for The Contours and for the Gordy label. There were many covers, including (to name a few) those by Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Sonics, The Kingsmen, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and The Supremes . In 1988, the song become a hit again due to being featured in the movie Dirty Dancing. It then charted at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Contours formed in Detroit in 1959. There were numerous personnel changes, but the members for “Do You Love Me” were Joe Billingslea, Billy Hoggs, Billy Gordon,  Hubert Johnson,  Sylvester Potts, and Huey Davis on guitar. The Contours with Joe Billingslea continued to tour and perform.

Here are they lyrics (the first verse is a recitation) to “Do You Love Me” by The Contours:

“You broke my heart
‘Cause I couldn’t dance
You didn’t even want me around
And now I’m back
To let you know
I can really shake ’em down

Do you love me?
(I can really move)
Do you love me?
(I’m in the groove)
Ah, do you love?
(Do you love me?)
Now that I can dance
(Dance)

Watch me now, oh
(Work, work)
Ah, work it out baby
(Work, work)
Well, you’re drivin’ me crazy
(Work, work)
With a little bit of soul now
(Work)

I can mash-potato
(I can mash-potato)
And I can do the twist
(I can do the twist)
Now tell me baby
(Tell me baby)
Mmm, do you like it like this
(Do you like it like this?)
Tell me
(Tell me)
Tell me

Do you love me?
(Do you love me?)
Now, do you love me?
(Do you love me?)
Now, do you love me?
(Do you love me)
Now that I can dance
(Dance)
Dance

Watch me now, oh
(Work, work)
Ah, shake it up, shake it
(Work, work)
Ah, shake ’em, shake ’em down
(Work, work)
Ah, little bit of soul now
(Work)

(Work, work)
Ah, shake it, shake it baby
(Work, work)
Ah, you’re driving me crazy
(Work, work)
Ah, don’t get lazy
(Work)

I can mash-potato
(I can mash-potato)
And I can do the twist
(I can do the twist)
Well now tell me baby
(Tell me baby)
Mmm, do you like it like this?
(Do you like it like this?)
Tell me
(Tell me)
Tell me

Do you love me?
(Do you love me?)
Now, do you love me?
(Do you love me?)
Now, do you love me?
(Do you love me?)
(Now, now, now)

(Work, work)
Ah, I’m working hard baby
(Work, work)
Well, you’re driving me crazy
(Work, work)
And don’t you get lazy
(Work)

(Work, work)
Ah, work it out baby
(Work, work)
Well, you’re driving me crazy
(Work, work)
And don’t you get lazy
(Work)

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