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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘The Love I Lost’

The song, “The Love I Lost”, was originally recorded by Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes in 1973

Kenneth Gable (b.1942) and Leon Huff (b.1942) wrote the song “The Love I Lost” for American group Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes. It was recorded in 1973 for their second studio album “Black & Blue” and released as the lead single in September that year. It followed “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” into the US top ten (No.7) and peaked at No.21 in the UK.

The song was covered by British based US singer Sybil Lynch at the end of 1992. Her version was produced by Mike Stock and Pete Waterman and was released in January 1993, making No.3 in the UK, the highest of all Sybil’s singles there and one of the thirty best sellers of the year, No.90 on the US singles chart, as well as being a top twenty hit across Europe.

But which version is the best? HAROLD MELVIN and THE BLUENOTES’ original or SYBIL’s cover?