Originally starting off as an overlooked track called "Let's Get Together Soon" from Dusty Springfield's A Brand New Me, "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" became a classic number one ballad for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. It was a duet between Blue Notes lead singer Teddy Pendergrass and Philadelphia native Sharon Paige who came to the attention of producers/songwriters Gamble & Huff through her singing in talent shows. Just like Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, Paige spent some time doing office work at the duo's Philadelphia International Records label before getting her big break. The lilting slow jam's floaty feel is bounced along by the squishy wah-wahs supplied by guitarist Bobby Eli. It's quite a different sound for a Philly soul ballad, sparse, airy, and quite subdued. Bobby Martin's horn arrangements emphasize key points in the lyrics. Written by Gamble & Huff, co-produced by Melvin, and included on the Blue Notes' gold number one R&B LP To Be True, "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" hit number one R&B and number 42 pop in summer 1975.