The Love I Lost

"The Love I Lost"
Single by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
from the album Black & Blue
A-side "The Love I Lost" (Part 1)
B-side "The Love I Lost" (Part 2)
Released September 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Soul, disco
Length 3:35 (single version)
6:24 (full-length version)
Label Philadelphia International
Writer(s) Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Producer(s) Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes singles chronology
"Yesterday I Had the Blues"
"The Love I Lost (Part 1)"
"Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)"

"The Love I Lost" is a soul/disco song by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Originally written as a ballad by Philly soul songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the song was transformed into a disco song. It was released from the Black & Blue album in late 1973. Selling more than a million copies, it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent 2 weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart.[1] It also reached number 21 in the United Kingdom on the BBC Top 50 singles chart in early 1974. It featured the drummer Earl Young.

In the 21st century, the track has been the subject of extended re-edits by notable remixers Tom Moulton and Dimitri From Paris.

A cover version by R&B singer Sybil, credited as "West End featuring Sybil", released in 1993, reached number 18 on the US dance charts[2] and number three in the United Kingdom.

"The Love I Lost"
Single by West End featuring Sybil
from the album Doin' It Now! and Good 'N' Ready
Released 1993
Recorded 1992
Genre Dance-pop, disco, house
Length 3:25
Label PWL International
Writer(s) Gamble and Huff
Producer(s) Mike Stock, Pete Waterman
West End featuring Sybil singles chronology
"You're the Love of My Life"
"The Love I Lost"
"When I'm Good and Ready"

Chart performance

Chart (1973) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles 31
UK Singles Chart 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1

West End featuring Sybil version

Chart (1993) Peak
UK Singles Chart 3


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 393.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 357.
Preceded by
"Space Race" by Billy Preston
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
November 24 - December 1, 1973
Succeeded by
"If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)" by The Staple Singers

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