When Will I See You Again

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Not to be confused with When Can I See You or When Can I See You Again?. For other uses, see When Will I See You Again (disambiguation).
"When Will I See You Again"
Single by The Three Degrees
from the album The Three Degrees
A-side "When Will I See You Again?"
B-side "I Didn't Know"
Released September 27, 1974 (US)
Recorded 1973
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 3:00
Label Philadelphia International Records
Writer(s) Gamble and Huff
Producer(s) Gamble and Huff
The Three Degrees singles chronology
"Love Is the Message"
(1974)
"When Will I See You Again"
(1974)
"Get Your Love Back"
(1974)

"When Will I See You Again" is a song by American soul group The Three Degrees, from their third album The Three Degrees. The song was written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

It was one of the most successful recordings of the "Philly Soul" era. In the U.S., the song reached number one on the adult contemporary chart, number two on the pop singles chart,[1] and number four on the R&B chart in the autumn of 1974.[2] In the UK, it fared even better, spending two weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in August 1974.[3] The Three Degrees performed the song at Prince Charles' 30th birthday party at Buckingham Palace in 1978.

Sheila Ferguson recalled that "the song was played to me by Kenny Gamble at the piano in 1973 and I threw a tantrum. I screamed and yelled and said I would never sing it. I thought it was ridiculously insulting to be given such a simple song and that it took no talent to sing it. We did do it and several million copies later, I realized that he knew more than me."[4] The song is unique in that every sentence is a question, heightening the overall effect and emotion.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 4
UK Singles Chart[3] 1

Cover versions[edit]

"When Will I See You Again"
Single by Brother Beyond
from the album Trust
Released 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop
Length 3:34
Label Parlophone
Brother Beyond singles chronology
"Drive On"
(1989)
"When Will I See You Again"
(1989)
"Trust"
(1990)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 243. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 578. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 303-4. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh

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Preceded by
"Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae
UK number one single
August 17, 1974 for two weeks
Succeeded by
"Love Me For A Reason" by The Osmonds
Preceded by
"Angie Baby" by Helen Reddy
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single by The Three Degrees
December 14, 1974
Succeeded by
"Wishing You Were Here" by Chicago