Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

Hope That We Can Be Together Soon

Composed by Kenny Gamble / Leon Huff

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 1972 BMG / Sony Music 3:39
To Be True 1975
Collectors' Item (All Their Greatest Hits!) 1976 Philadelphia International/EMI 3:42
No Image 1977 Philadelphia International/EMI
Greatest Hits [1985 Columbia] 1985 Columbia 3:42
Love I Lost 1994 CD Horizon
If You Don't Know Me by Now: The Best of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 1995 Legacy / Epic/Legacy 3:41
Wake Up Everybody: 15 Greatest Hits 1996 Remember Records 3:27
Blue Notes & Ballads 1998 Legacy / Epic/Legacy 3:40
The Ultimate Blue Notes 2001 Legacy / Epic/Legacy 3:38
Forever Gold: Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes 2002 St. Clair 3:46
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes/The Best of Teddy Pendergrass 2004 Platinum Disc 3:11
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes [Platinum] Platinum Disc / Platinum Entertainment 3:11
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