On this day in music history: July 24, 1976 - “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” by Lou Rawls hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on July 31, 1976, peaking at #4 on the Club Play chart on July 17, 1976, and peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on September 4, 1976. Written and produced by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, it is second chart topping single for the soul singer from Chicago, IL. Having replaced R&B and pop vocal icon Sam Cooke in the legendary gospel vocal group The Soul Stirrers in the 50’s, to scoring a long string of jazz and R&B hits for Capitol Records in the 60’s, Lou Rawls continues to have hits into the early 70’s when he signs with MGM Records, and hitting pay dirt with the Grammy winning classic “A Natural Man”. Then Rawls hits a dry period in his career after 1971. Rawls leaves MGM for Bell Records, then Arista but is unable to regain his hit making stride. In 1975, he is playing a gig opening for The O'Jays, when they suggest that he get in touch with their producer and songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the founders of CBS distributed label Philadelphia International Records. Friendly with Rawls since the late 60’s when they were beginning their rise to stardom in the music business, the pair not only offer to sign the veteran singer, but vow to put him back on the charts in a major way. Gamble and Huff go back to Philadelphia and write “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”, which is inspired by Gamble going through a divorce from his wife, singer Dee Dee Sharp. Tailor made for Rawls smooth vocal style, Gamble and Huff summon him to Philly to put his vocals on the track. Released as the first single from “All Things In Time” in April of 1976, it hits immediately. A multi-format smash, “You’ll Never Find” hits the R&B, pop, AC, and Disco charts all at the same time, giving the singer his biggest hit in five years and reigniting his recording career. “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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