Major Harris

Love Won't Let Me Wait

Composed by Bobby Eli / Vinnie Barrett

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A "major" urban contemporary hit that crossed over. Major Harris was riding high for a New York minute, but like Jimmy Ruffin, Dobie Gray, Jimmy Hughes, Edd Byrnes, and other one-hit wonders, front-running fans will be hard pressed to name other recordings by the crooner. Bobby Eli and Vinnie Barrett, aka Gwendolyn Woolfolk, penned the sensuous ballad spiced by Barbara Ingrams' lusty love sounds, which made for a scandalous fade. It topped Billboard's soul survey the summer of 1975 and was a number five pop show to boot. A sweet one for Eli, who had been on Philly's music scene since a ragamuffin, and Harris, who paid some heavy dues with a variety of groups and as a hungry solo act trying to get paid. Luther Vandross scored with a buttery rendition of this same number years later that made some forget about the original, zapped it out of some people's minds; people were asking who was that singing Luther's song when Major's came on the radio. That must hurt.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
My Way 1975 Rhino 5:33
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 7 (1967-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic
After Dusk 1986
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:46
Back to the '70s 1987
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:31
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 5:33
Slow Jams: The 70's, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 3:45
The Best of Now and Then 1994 Hot Productions 3:44
American Jukebox Classics, Vol. 3: Music For Young Lovers 1995
Various Artists
Sterling Gold 3:43
Slow Jamz from Back in Da Day 1995
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 3:44
Quiet Storm Memories 1995
Various Artists
Zomba 3:46
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:29
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-mack 3:45
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Dominion 3:47
Old Skoolin' 1996
Various Artists
Quality 3:44
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records
Soul Moods [Crimson] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Soul Collection [Madacy #1] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 3:29
Super Non-Stop Slow Soul Dancing 1997
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 3:34
The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976) 1997
Various Artists
Masters / Intercontinental Records 3:52
Original Players of Love 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution
R&B Relix: 1974-1975 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution 3:45
Super Box of Soul 1998
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 3:29
Soul Jams 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair / Soul Disciples 3:48
Only Soul 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 5:32
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 3:44
Timeless Treasures: Best of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:45
The Evolution of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Delta 3:47
Soul Collection: Great 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:29
Classic Soul Crate 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:45
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1975 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:47
Forever Gold: Soul Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:46
Love Is Forever 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:45
Love Is Forever [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:45
Old School Love Songs [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:45
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
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Rhino 3:45
Soul Sessions [Sessions] 2001
Various Artists
Sessions Records 5:28
Three Decades of Soul 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:44
The Best of Soul [Boxsets 2002] 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:46
The Soul Box 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:45
Just the Two of Us: The Best of Love Songs 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 3:45
Soul Classics, Vol. 4 [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:44
Platinum Soul Legends 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music
The 70s Soul Jam, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 3:55
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
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Rhino 3:47
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:48
Seventies Soul Sensations 2003
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Dominion Entertainment 3:45
More Ultimate Power of Love 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:49
Creme de La Creme: Philly Soul Classics & Rarities 2003
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Warner Music 3:46
Keep the Soul Alive 2004
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Ultimate Love [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:49
Classic Soul Ballads: Nite And Day 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:33
Atlantic Gold 2005
Various Artists
WEA International 5:30
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Soul 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:48
New Beginnings 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:43
Natural High: All Time Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:47
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 8: 1970-1974 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 5:31
Slow Tunes: Timeless Soul Ballads 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 3:46
R&B Chart-Toppers: #1 Soul Hits of the 70's 2006
Various Artists
Sterling 3:45
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 5:31
Absolute Soul [Crimson] 2006
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:31
The Greatest Soul Music Hits of All Time 2006
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Rhino 3:48
Soul Love: 50 Great Soul Legends of Love 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:32
30 #1 Soul Hits 2007
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Direct Source 3:43
Sexy Soul: 18 Greatest 2007
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Direct Source 3:43
Soul Classics [Collectables] 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 3:44
100 Hits: Soul 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 5:32
#1 R&B Pop Classics of the 70s 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:48
Classic Soul Ballads [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:33
Great Seventies Collection 2008
Various Artists
Red X
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 5:33
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 5:33
Sweet Soul of the '70s: The Sound of Philadelphia 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:46
Soul Hits [Crimson] 2010
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:46
101 Soul Anthems 2011
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EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Source Interlink / Virgin 5:30
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 5:34
Soul: Mama Used to Say 2012
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Bellevue Publishing 3:45
Sweet Soul Music: 1975 2014
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:48
100 Hits: Soul [2015]
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100 Hits
3/60: Soul Classics
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:32
3/60: The Seventies
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Crimson 360 Range / Crimson Productions 5:31
300 Hits: Soul
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Bellevue Publishing 3:45
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:43
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:43
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:43
Introducing...Soul
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Rhino / Warner Music 5:33
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:43
Le  Coffret Idéal Soul
Various Artists
Warner Music
Love Won't Let Me Wait Rhino Atlantic 3:47
Motor City 50: Legends of Motor City and More...
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AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:34
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:47
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 5:30
Quiet Storm: Soulful Slow Jams
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:43
Sexual Healing [EMI]
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EMI Music Distribution
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 15
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Rhino 3:48
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
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Rhino 5:34
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