Love Won't Let Me Wait

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"Love Won't Let Me Wait"
Single by Major Harris
from the album My Way
B-side "After Loving You"
Released March 1975 (1975)
Genre Soul
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Major Harris singles chronology
"Love Won't Let Me Wait"

"Love Won't Let Me Wait" is a hit 1975 single by Major Harris, a former member of R&B/soul group The Delfonics. Written by Vinnie Barrett and Bobby Eli, the single is considered to be a staple of classic soul playlists, and was Harris' only entry into the top five on both the soul and pop charts. The single hit number five on the pop chart, and also hit number one on the soul chart for one week.[1] Billboard ranked it as the No. 24 song for 1975.[2] It was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. on 25 June 1975.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams recorded a cover version as a duet for Mathis' 1984 album A Special Part of Me.

Isaac Hayes recorded a cover version too.

R&B singer Luther Vandross included a cover version of the song on his 1988 album Any Love.

Jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson performed a cover version of the song on a 1994 episode of the Fox police drama television series New York Undercover.[4] This version also appeared on her 1994 Columbia album, Love, Nancy.

Jazz singer Gordon Haskell included a cover version of the song on his 2005 album The Road To Harry's Bar.

R&B singer Alexander O'Neal included a cover version of the song on his 2010 album Five Questions: The New Journey.

British musician Seal recorded a cover version of the song on his 2011 album Soul 2.

Chart performance[edit]

Major Harris[edit]

Jackie Moore[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 78

Deniece Williams and Johnny Mathis[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under-Hot Singles 6
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 32
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 14

Nancy Wilson[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 65


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 246. 
  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1975
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ Charles Holland (writer); Frederick K. Keller (director) (1994-09-29). "To Protect and Serve". New York Undercover. Season 1. Episode 4. Fox. 
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  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 244. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
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Preceded by
"Spirit of the Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
June 7, 1975
Succeeded by
"Rockin' Chair" by Gwen McCrae