Can't Hide Love

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"Can't Hide Love"
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album Gratitude
Format7", 12"
Songwriter(s)Skip Scarborough
Producer(s)Maurice White, Charles Stepney
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Sing a Song"
"Can't Hide Love"

"Can't Hide Love" is a song written by Skip Scarborough, 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 nominated for the Grammy Award 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, Jaye P. Morgan, Dionne Warwick, John Tropea, Kenny Thomas, 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 on his debut album Najee's Theme.[4]

Mai Yamane's 1980 song "Tasogare" has been noted as using a similar melody to "Can't Hide Love".

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". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  2. ^ "Gratitude". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  3. ^ "Patti LaBelle, Live". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  4. ^ "Najee's Theme overview". AllMusic.
  5. ^ "Prince Keeps the Funk Flowing at Tiny, Star-Packed New York Shows". Rolling Stone. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  6. ^ "Cant Hide Love, Earth Wind & Fire Remake". Retrieved 2010-01-23.
  7. ^ "Raheem DeVaughn, The Love Experience". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-01-23.

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