The Love I Lost

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"The Love I Lost"
The Love I Lost - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.jpg
Single by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
from the album Black & Blue
A-side"The Love I Lost" (Part 1)
B-side"The Love I Lost" (Part 2)
ReleasedSeptember 1973
Format7" single
GenreSoul, disco
Length3:35 (single version)
6:24 (full-length version)
LabelPhiladelphia International
Songwriter(s)Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Producer(s)Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes singles chronology
"Yesterday I Had the Blues"
"The Love I Lost"
"Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)"

"The Love I Lost" is a song by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Originally written as a ballad by Philly soul songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the song was transformed into a disco song. It was released from the Black & Blue album in late 1973. Selling more than a million copies, it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent 2 weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart.[1] It also reached number 21 in the United Kingdom on the BBC Top 50 singles chart in early 1974. It featured the drummer Earl Young.

In the 21st century, the track has been the subject of extended re-edits by notable remixers Tom Moulton and Dimitri From Paris.

A reimagining by R&B singer Sybil, credited as "West End featuring Sybil", released in 1993, reached number 18 on the US dance charts[2] and number three in the United Kingdom.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973-74) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles 31
UK Singles Chart 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[3] 48

West End featuring Sybil version[edit]

"The Love I Lost"
The Love I Lost.jpg
Single by West End featuring Sybil
from the album Doin' It Now! and Good 'N' Ready
LabelPWL International
Songwriter(s)Gamble and Huff
West End featuring Sybil singles chronology
"You're the Love of My Life"
"The Love I Lost"
"When I'm Good and Ready"
Music video
"The Love I Lost" on YouTube

In 1993 American R&B and pop singer–songwriter Sybil released a cover of The Love I Lost with West End.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "While urban-ites continue to chew on the sweet "You're The Love Of My Life," popsters are served a sparkling pop/NRG rendition of a Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes classic. This timeless tune gains its current top 40 muscle by Sybil's lively and soulful vocal, and the distinct hand of producers Stock & Waterman. A top-five U.K. smash that should have little trouble making the grade here."[4]


Chart (1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts) 145
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[5] 9
Germany (Media Control Charts) 68
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 18


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 393.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 357.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 161.
  4. ^ "Billboard: Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  5. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. February 6, 1993. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Love I Lost". Irish Singles Chart.

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