Have You Seen Her


Have You Seen Her

Infobox Single
Name = Have You Seen Her


Artist = The Chi-Lites
Album = (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People
Released = 1971
Writer = Barbara Acklin, Eugene Record
Producer = Eugene Record
Genre = R&B/Soul
Length = 5:11
Label = Brunswick Records
Last single = "I Want to Pay You Back (For Loving Me)" (1971)
This single = "Have You Seen Her" (1971)
Next single = "Oh Girl" (1971)
Infobox Single
Name = Have You Seen Her


Artist = MC Hammer
Album = Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em
A-side =
B-side =
Released = 1990
Format = CD single
Recorded = 1989
Genre = Hip hop
Length =
Label = Capitol Records
Writer = Eugene Record
Barbara Acklin
Producer = MC Hammer
Certification =
Last single = "U Can't Touch This" (1990)
This single = "Have You Seen Her" (1990)
Next single = "Pray" (1990)

"Have You Seen Her" is a hit song recorded by the soul vocal group, The Chi-Lites, and released on Brunswick Records in 1971. Composed by the lead singer Eugene Record and Barbara Acklin, the song was included on the group's 1971 album "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People".

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The song begins and ends with Record's spoken narration, setting up the sad mood, with the words: "One month ago today, I was happy as a lark", and goes on to say, that he goes to the movies, or to the park, and watching the children play, who gather around him, while he tries to escape the loss of his love. At the end of the song, Record says that he hopes to receive a letter someday, which, however, he does not. The last words are: "You know, it's funny, I thought I had her in the palm of my hand"

In tight four-part harmonies, Record and the other three Chi-Lites repeat the interrogative chorus almost obsessively, as if their minds are completely fixated on the whereabouts of Record's lost love. Yet, interestingly, Record sings his solo parts in the verses not with the sort of impassioned pleading suggested by Barbara Acklin's pained lyrics, but in a buttoned-up, restrained tenor that sounds as if he's afraid that if he betrays more than the slightest hint of emotion, he's going to collapse. As always, Record's production skills keep the sound lush, but not overbaked, giving the song a sophisticated edge that makes it one of the most urbane soul hits of the era.

The Chi-Lites recorded "Have You Seen Her" in a style owing much to the doo-wop traditions of the late 1950s, following the success of another such song earlier in the year, The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)". The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top of the Billboard R&B Singles chart in November of 1971. It also reached number three in the UK Singles Chart in February 1972.

The most significant cover of "Have You Seen Her" was recorded by MC Hammer, for his successful 1990 LP, "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em", which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

X Factor Series 2 Contestant Maria Lawson used a sample of the song for her 2006 debut single Sleepwalking.

Chart positions

External links

* [http://www.chi-lites.info Official Website]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=33:3xfpxbwgldhe All Music Guide]


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