Love Won't Let Me Wait

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"Love Won't Let Me Wait"
Major Harris Love Won't Let Me Wait.jpg
Single by Major Harris
from the album My Way
B-side"After Loving You"
ReleasedMarch 1975 (1975)
GenreSoul
Length5:31
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Major Harris singles chronology
"Love Won't Let Me Wait"
(1975)
"Jealousy"
(1976)

"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. It was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. on 25 June 1975.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Many artists have covered the song. Among the more notable renditions is one by jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson who performed the song in a 1994 episode of the Fox police drama television series New York Undercover.[3] This version also appeared on her 1994 Columbia album, Love, Nancy.

Chart performance[edit]

Major Harris[edit]

Jackie Moore[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
US Billboard R&B Singles 78

Deniece Williams and Johnny Mathis[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[10] 4
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[11] 106
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 14
US Billboard R&B Singles 32

Nancy Wilson[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Billboard R&B Singles 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 246.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 114. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ Charles Holland (writer); Frederick K. Keller (director) (1994-09-29). "To Protect and Serve". New York Undercover. Season 1. Episode 4. Fox.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 133. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 244. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 6/28/75". 20 December 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  8. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1975". 21 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada" (PDF). Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1984-05-12. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  11. ^ Joel Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004