Can't Hide Love

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"Can't Hide Love"
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album Gratitude
B-side "Gratitude"
Released 1976
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1975
Genre R&B, quiet storm
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Skip Scarborough
Producer(s) Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Sing a Song"
"Can't Hide Love"

"Can't Hide Love" was written by Skip Scarborough and was originally recorded as "You Can't Hide Love" as the debut single of Creative Source in 1973. It was included on Earth, Wind & Fire's live album Gratitude (1975). "Can't Hide Love" was released as a single by Columbia Records (1976) and reached #11 on the US Soul and #39 on US Pop Singles charts. The song was also Grammy nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).[1][2]

"Can't Hide Love" has been covered by artists including Victor Wooten, Nancy Wilson, Saul Williams, Wayman Tisdale, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Tench with Hummingbird on their album Diamond Nights, Carmen McRae on her album Can't Hide Love (1976, LP), D'Angelo and Patti LaBelle on her album Live (1992).[3]

In 1986, smooth jazz saxophonist Najee performed a cover of the song from his debut album "Najee's Theme".[4]

Prince and Mary J. Blige performed "Can't Hide Love" when appearing on stage together in 2008.[5][6] This song has been sampled by artists including Raheem DeVaughn on the song "Guess Who Loves You More" from his album The Love Experience (2005).[7] Esperanza Spalding quoted part of the song in her arrangement of "Jazz Ain't Nothin But Soul" that appears on her 2012 album Radio Music Society.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 39
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 11


  1. ^ "Earth Wind and Fire awards". Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Gratitude". Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Patti LaBelle, Live". Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Najee's Theme overview". 
  5. ^ "Prince Keeps the Funk Flowing at Tiny, Star-Packed New York Shows". 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  6. ^ watch?v=sqtgSerMqgI "Cant Hide Love, Earth Wind & Fire Remake". Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Raheem DeVaughn, The Love Experience". Retrieved 2010-01-23. 

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