When Will I See You Again
|"When Will I See You Again"|
|Single by The Three Degrees|
|from the album The Three Degrees|
|Label||Philadelphia International Records|
|Writer(s)||Gamble and Huff|
|Producer||Gamble and Huff|
|The Three Degrees singles chronology|
It was one of the most successful recordings of the "Philly Soul" era. In the U.S., the song reached number one on the adult contemporary chart, number two on the pop singles chart, and number four on the R&B chart in the autumn of 1974. In the UK, it fared even better, spending two weeks at the top of the British pop chart in August 1974. The Three Degrees performed the song at Prince Charles' 30th birthday party at Buckingham Palace in 1978.
Sheila Ferguson recalled that "the song was played to me by Kenny Gamble at the piano in 1973 and I threw a tantrum. I screamed and yelled and said I would never sing it. I thought it was ridiculously insulting to be given such a simple song and that it took no talent to sing it. We did do it and several million copies later, I realized that he knew more than me.".
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||4|
|U.K. Singles Chart||1|
- Ami Aspelund recorded the Finnish rendering of the song: "Koska Sun Taas Nähdä Saan", on her 1976 album Yön Jälkeen.
- Magda Layna released the song as a single on Megatone Records in 1983.
- British boy band Brother Beyond covered the song on their 1989 album Trust, peaking at #43 in the UK Singles Chart.
- British ska band Bad Manners recorded the song for a demo in 1976 and it was finally released as part of their 1999 compilation Rare & Fatty.
- German singer Thomas Anders covered the song for his 1993 album of the same name.
- British singer/songwriter PJ Harvey performed the song in the Sarah Miles film Amaeru Fallout 1972.
- British synthpop duo Erasure covered it for their 2003 cover album Other People's Songs.
- Maleewan Jemina (th) recorded the song for her 2003 album Me & Moment in Time.
- Billy Bragg recorded a cover of the song on his Must I Paint You A Picture? compilation; it had previously been featured on the compilation album Ruby Trax.
- Priscilla Chan, a Hong Kong-based Cantopop singer, also covered it as a popular bilingual dance song.
- Kyōko Koizumi covered the song, retitled "Tenshi no sasayaki", on her 1992 Koizumix Production's Bambinater mini-album.
- British female group The Dream Girls recorded the song in 1993.
- Sarah Siobhan Leighton performed a cover version with the Novelle High School marching band on behalf of the Siobhan Outreach music program. She later performed it again, with the Novelle marching band, at the closing ceremonies for the Cosworth Elite Eight Games.
- Magda Layna performed a disco version of the song.
In popular culture
- The song was featured in the Philly-based musical Me and Mrs Jones.
- In Kill Bill 2, Bill claims it's his favorite soul song of the 1970s.
- In summer 2006, the song was used in a television advertisement by the UK's Food Standards Agency warning against the dangers of food poisoning at barbecues.
- The song was used in one of the final scenes of the teen movie Can't Hardly Wait.
- The song was used in advertisements for Hungry Jack's (Burger King's) Whopper burger in Australia in the late 1990s & early 2000s.
- The song was used in advertisements for Heineken beer in Russia in 2010.
- The song was a staple in the Florida A&M University marching band's repertoire in the '70's and '80's and continues to be performed in medley performances with other songs of the period, along with Boogie Wonderland and That's The Way I Like It.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 243.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 578.
- 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh
- Song "When will I see you again" by Magda Layna on YouTube.
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|Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single by The Three Degrees
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