Faith Hope and Charity (US band)

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Faith Hope & Charity
OriginTampa, Florida, United States
Years active1969–1979
LabelsMaxwell, Sussex, RCA, 20th Century Fox
Past members1970-1971
Zulema Cusseaux
Albert Bailey
Brenda Hilliard
Albert Bailey
Brenda Hilliard
Albert Bailey
Brenda Hilliard
Dianne Destry

Faith Hope and Charity was the name of a vocal group from Tampa, Florida. They are best known for their 1975 hit, "To Each His Own". They were also an in-demand group of session singers in New York studios during the 1970s.


The founding members of the group were Zulema Cusseaux, Brenda Hilliard and Al Bailey. They were originally a trio called the Lovelles, when they met record producer Van McCoy, who signed them to a recording contract at Maxwell Records. At this time, the group's name was changed to Faith, Hope and Charity.

Their song "So Much Love" hit #14 on the Billboard R&B chart and #51 on the Hot 100 in 1970.[1] The subsequent release "Baby Don't Take Your Love" reached #36 R&B and #96 in the Hot 100.[1]

Cusseaux left Faith, Hope and Charity in 1971, shortly after a label switch to Sussex Records, and started a solo career.[2] She was eventually replaced by Diane Destry in 1974.[1] Their biggest hit came with a switch to RCA Records in the mid-1970s. With Van McCoy still writing and producing for the group, they hit the top of the R&B charts with "To Each His Own" (1975; #1 R&B, #15 Dance, #50 Hot 100).

They then scored another hit in January 1976, reaching #38 in the UK Singles Chart with "Just One Look" (from their album, Faith, Hope & Charity).[3] It was a cover version of a Doris Troy track. Their single "Don't Pity Me" reached #20 on the R&B chart in 1978.[1] After a second album with RCA, which produced a couple of minor hits, Destry left, but Hilliard and Bailey carried on for another album in 1978, with 20th Century, before splitting up.[1]

It seemed that there was another member of Faith Hope & Charity in 1977. Priscilla Baskerville has been credited as being a member of the group on some recordings.[4]

Zulema Cusseaux died on September 30, 2013, at age 66.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label

1970 Faith Hope & Charity Maxwell
1972 Heavy Love Sussex
1975 Faith Hope & Charity 100 24 RCA Victor
1976 Life Goes On
1978 Faith Hope & Charity 20th Century Fox
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions

1970 "So Much Love" 51 14 38
"Baby Don't Take Your Love" 96 36
1971 "Come Back and Finish What You Started"
"No Trespassing"
1972 "God Bless the World"
"I Was There"
1973 "Who Made You Go"
1975 "To Each His Own" 50 1 15 58 28
"Mellow Me" 18
"Just One Look" 38
1976 "Don't Go Looking for Love" 38
"A Time for Celebration" (with The Choice Four) 107
"You're My Peace of Mind" 83 13
1977 "Life Goes On" 65
1978 "Don't Pity Me" 20
"How Can I Help But Love You"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


There was a girl band of the 1990s called Faith Hope & Charity that had no connection to this group.


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  2. ^ "Zulema". Soulwalking. Retrieved February 20, 2020. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 193. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Zulema Cusseaux Obituary". Tampa Bay Times. October 11, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Faith Hope & Charity". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  7. ^ "CAN Charts > Faith Hope & Charity". RPM. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  8. ^ "NZ Charts > Faith Hope & Charity". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  9. ^ "UK Charts > Faith Hope & Charity". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  • The Story on Faith Hope & Charity by The Chancellor of Soul (Mike Boone) Chancellor's Chronicles

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