by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
I was recently inspired to examine modern music as an expression of depression in mental health. In pop, rock, and rhythm & blues music the themes are troubled relationships and separation, among a host of others. A song’s melody evokes feeling, too. For the next few weeks I will rank the saddest songs of the rock and roll genre.
I gave weight to the tune, chord progression, melancholy overtones, and the agony in which the singers performed a sorrowful rendition. For some listeners this is a way of acknowledging a depressed state, while others identify with the lyrics or situation.
For this song Sheila Ferguson sang the lead, accompanied by Fayette Pinkney and Valerie Holiday.
The Three Degrees 1974 hit, “When will I see you again” has such a happy tune. It ranked #1 in the CashBox Top 100, so it is worth recognizing. It is also the only song in music history that asks 24 questions, the basis of its painful longing.
It was one of the most successful recordings of the “Philly Soul” era. In the U.S., the song was a chart topper: #1 Adult Contemporary, #2 Pop Singles, and #4 R&B. The group performed the song at Prince Charles’ 30th birthday party at Buckingham Palace in 1978.
Lyrics: written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Hoo-oo ha-a ha-a hoo-oo Precious moments
When will I see you again? When will we share precious moments?
Will I have to wait forever? Will I have to suffer and cry the whole night trough?
When will I see you again? When will our hearts beat together?
Are we in love or just friends? Is this my beginning is this the end?
When will I see you again?
When will I see you again? When will I see you again?
Hoo-oo- a hoo-oo Precious moments Are we in love or just friends?
Is this my beginning or is this the end?
When will I see you again? When will I see you again? (repeat)
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