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While the song mixes of the group's singles differ significantly from their album counterparts with some frequency ("Words of Love" and "Creeque Alley," in particular, feature overdubbed instruments that don't appear on the album versions of the songs), "Dedicated to the One I Love" used the same mix for both single and album. However, there are differing versions of the song available.
The mono single and mono album versions are identical. In them, Michelle's voice is double-tracked, but mixed down into the 'sound' of one voice. Cass's vocals are more prominent on these, as is the piano accompaniment. The cold ending features all four group members in signature harmony.
The stereo album mix moves the piano to the back of the mix, and Mama Cass' voice is further blended into the others'. This is particularly prevalent at the end of the song, where Cass is all but absent.
The group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 to perform both this song and the single to follow, Creeque Alley. Although the single has a running time of 2:56, and the group performed the song in its entirety, edited versions of the song appear on internet video sites with a much shorter running time.
In the 1980s, a version of the song was used in a Kellogg's Special K commercial.
In an episode of the television show China Beach, the actress Chloe Webb, portraying a USO touring backup singer, offers a tender and emotional version of the song to a fatally injured soldier as a last request as he is dying.
The song was used in a scene in the 1986 film House.
In 1992, the long-running CBS nighttime soap opera Knots Landing, in which Michelle Phillips starred, named an episode "Dedicated to the One I Love", in which the Mamas & the Papas' version of the song is played in the background.
The song was used in the last scene and fade-out of the 2002 movie Morvern Callar.
In 2005, the song was covered by the final 10 of the second season of New Zealand Idol.
The Mamas & the Papas' version is played at the end of the last scene and during the credits of the 2014 movie The One I Love.