Coverafbeelding Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (music by MFSB) - Where Are All My Friends

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (music by MFSB)

Where Are All My Friends

  • Statistieken
  •   4 wkn Tipparade
  •   1974

Artiestinformatie

Geboortedatum   25-06-1939
Land   Verenigde Staten

Harold vormde de vocale groep Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in 1954. De bezetting van de groep wijzigde in de loop der jaren verschillende malen. In de late jaren 60 trok Melvin de jonge drummer van de groep The Cadillacs, Teddy Pendergrass, aan als leadzanger. Hun grote doorbraak kwam toen ze begin jaren 70 een contract tekenden bij het label Philadelphia International Records van het duo Kenny Gamble en Leon Huff.

Ze hadden daarop internationale hits met If You Don't Know Me By Now (1972), met Teddy Pendergrass als leadzanger. Andere hits in de "Philly Sound" van de jaren zeventig waren The Love I Lost (1973), Satisfaction Guaranteed (1974), en Don't leave me this way (1977). Toen Teddy Pendergrass in 1976 de groep verliet om een solocarrière te beginnen, moest Melvin niet alleen op zoek naar een nieuwe zanger maar ook naar een nieuw platenlabel; hij verving Teddy door David Ebo en ging naar ABC Records, maar kon nooit meer de vroegere successen evenaren. De groep bleef wel bestaan tot aan Harolds dood in 1997.

Songtekst

(Where are all my friends)
Oh Lord, oh Lord
Use to have lots of fancy clothes
And drive a big white cadillac
Not knowing all the time I had these things
My friends were stabbing me straight in my back, no, no, no.

Even had a house then
Out there in Beverly Hills
I was moving so fast y'all
I didn't even have time to worry about paying my bills.
(Something started changing)
My life started rearranging
(Now I'm all alone. All the friends I wanted)
I don't have anymore
So somebody tell, tell me
(Where are all my friends)
I can't find nobody
(Where are all my friends)
Oh Lord, Oh Lord

Use to take my friends out
Everywhere I went
But I use to tell them that y'all
Y'all ain't gotta spend a red cent
Cause I use to have lots of money
I had 'em in big old stacks
I use to lend 'em my clothes
But they never, never ever, never, never brought 'em back
(Now I don't have nothing)
I'm so all alone
(Don't even have a home)
I ain't got no place to lay my head
(Wish someone would help me)
Cause I, I, I, I, I, I need a loan

Yeah baby
(Where are all my friends)
I'm looking y'all, I'm lookin' all over
(Where are all my friends)
I'm looking for the friends I use to call my very own
(Where are all my friends)
I need somebody right now, hey
(Where are all my friends)
I can't find a father or a mother
(Where are all my friends)
I remember the time I use to be walking
Up and down the streets
And I remember you, and you and you and you and you
I remember when you use to say that
Yeah trying to get me to spare a dime
And I use to come out the bottom of my heart
Cause I thought you were a friend of mine
But it seems yeah, it seems that you didn't even give a damn about me, no
But now I'm down and out and I need a friend

Songinformatie

ArtiestHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes
 A-kant
Titel Where Are All My Friends
Lengte 3:25
Componist(en) V. Carstarphen, G. McFadden, J. Whitehead
Producer(s) Gamble, Huff
 B-kant
Titel Let It Be You
Lengte 3:32
Componist(en) K. Gamble, L. Huff
Producer(s) Gamble, Huff
 
Platenlabel Philadelphia International Records
Catalogusnr PIR 2819
Hoogste positie UK -
Hoogste positie US 88
Album To Be True


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