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"
When Will I See You Again single.jpg
Single by The Three Degrees
from the album The Three Degrees
B-side"I Didn't Know"
ReleasedJune 21, 1974 (UK)
September 1974 (U.S.)
GenreSoul, R&B
LabelPhiladelphia International Records
Songwriter(s)Gamble and Huff
Producer(s)Gamble and Huff
The Three Degrees singles chronology
"Love Is the Message"
"When Will I See You Again"
"Get Your Love Back"

"When Will I See You Again" is a song released in 1974 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. The violin strings were an arrangement written by the great arranger Belford "Sinky" Hendricks who arranged songs for many top flight groups and recording artist during the 20th Century. Sheila Ferguson sang the lead, accompanied by Fayette Pinkney and Valerie Holiday. Billboard named the song #67 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[1]


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."[2] She would later have a #60 hit with a solo remake of the track in 1994.[3] The song is unique in that every sentence is a question, heightening the overall effect and emotion. In the film Kill Bill: Volume 2, Bill cites this song as his "favorite soul song of the 70s". The Three Degrees performed the song at Prince Charles' 30th birthday party at Buckingham Palace in 1978.

Chart performance[edit]

It was one of the most successful recordings of the "Philly Soul" era. In the U.S.,"When Will I See You Again" peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart, Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas kept it from the #1 spot.[4]

On other US charts, the song reached #1 on the adult contemporary chart,[5] and #4 on the R&B chart in the autumn of 1974.[6] In the UK, it fared even better, spending two weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in August 1974.[7]

Cover versions[edit]

"When Will I See You Again"
Single by Brother Beyond
from the album Trust
Songwriter(s)Gamble and Huff
Brother Beyond singles chronology
"Drive On"
"When Will I See You Again"
  • Geoffrey Chung arranged a reggae version released as a 7" on the Antrim label in 1974 with vocals by Marcia Griffiths (A) and Onika (B).
  • Magda Layna released the song as a single on Megatone Records in 1983.
  • British boy band Brother Beyond covered the song on their 1989 album Trust, peaking at #43 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • Japanese Singer CINDY covered the song on her 1997 compilation album Surprise.
  • U2 Played the song on the Elevation Tour it is most remembered when the played it at Slane Castle on 25th August and 1th of September 2001.


  1. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  2. ^ 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 198. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1974-12-14
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 243.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 578.
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 303–4. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum – 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  12. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1974" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1974". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Top 100 1974 – UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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