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FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY
In a land called ‘soulsville’ there have been thousands of songs
composed and sung by singers, songwriters and producers where they
receive many accolades and praises through liner notes written on
the back of album covers or CD’s, by music critics or
The heart and soul of a song is not always the singer but the
enriched fulfilled sounds of the session voices in which I dedicate
this special written ode.
There were 3 singers who’s beautiful gospel angelic voices created a
distinctive signature sound to the music of a former psychology
major, songwriter/producer and arranger, the late Van McCoy. The
artists were Faith Hope & Charity.
Brenda Hilliard, Zulema Cusseaux and Albert Bailey all hailed from
Tampa, Florida and came together as a group in 1969. Legendary
songwriter and producer Bob Crewe (who gained fame in the music
industry composing tunes for groups like the Rays (Silhouettes) and
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons) dubbed the group Faith Hope &
In 1970, they met Van McCoy who secured a deal with Maxwell Records
and composed two of the group’s first hits ‘So Much Love’ b/w ‘Let’s
Try It Over’ (No.14 R&B May 30, 1970) and ‘Baby Don't Take Your
Love’ b/w ‘Make Love To Me’ (No.36 R&B Oct 17, 1970. An LP entitled
‘Faith Hope & Charity’ was released in 1970.
Faith Hope & Charity signed with Clarence Avant’s Sussex label in
1971 and released 5 uncharted singles, ‘I Worship The Ground You
Walk On’ b/w ‘Come Back And Finish What You Started’, Ghosts Keep
Haunting Me’ b/w ‘No Trespassing’, ‘We Can Change The World’ b/w
‘God Bless The World’, ‘Who Could Love You More Than I’ b/w ‘I Was
There’, ‘Who Made You’ b/w ‘Heavy Love (later recorded by David
Ruffin in 1975). All above were written and produced by Van McCoy.
Sussex released the group’s second album ‘Heavy Love’ in 1972.
Zulema Cusseaux went solo in 1971 and continued to record for
Sussex. Hilliard and Bailey continued to work as a duo until 1974,
when they were joined by Diane Destry.
Faith Hope & Charity signed with RCA Records in 1975 and struck gold
with their masterpiece ‘To Each His Own’ b/w ‘Find A Way’. Written
and produced by Van McCoy and Charles Kipps, the song zoomed to the
No.1 position on Billboard’s R&B singles chart the week ending Oct
The group was extremely busy lending their voices on such Van McCoy
classics as ‘The Hustle’ and all of tracks on his ‘Disco Baby’ LP.
‘David Ruffin’s ‘Walk Away From Love’ and his ‘Who I'm I’ LP
‘Everything Is Coming Up Love’ including the self-titled LP. Melba
Moore’s ‘This Is It’ ‘Lean On Me’ and her self-titled album ‘This Is
It’. Van McCoy’s sophomore album ‘The Disco Kid’ including the hit
The musicians featured on these classics tracks were the late
Richard Tee and Leon Pendarvis on keyboards, Eric Gale and David
Spinozza on guitars, Gordon Edwards on
bass, Arthur Jenkins and George Devens on percussions and Steve Gadd
on drums. The beautiful horns and strings were arranged by Gene
RCA released three more singles on Faith Hope & Charity, ‘Don't Go
Looking For Love’ (No. 38 R&B Feb 1976) ‘You're My Peace Of Mind’
(No.83 R&B Sept 1976) and the gorgeous ‘Life Goes On’ (No.65 Feb 19,
1977) The ‘Life Goes On’ LP was issued in late spring of 1977.
Faith Hope & Charity departed with RCA in 1978 and signed with 20th
Century. They released their forth and final LP ‘Faith Hope &
Charity’ with ‘Don’t Pity Me’ b/w ‘Find What You Need’ (No.20 R&B
Sept 1978) and ‘Keep Me Baby’ b/w ‘How Can I Help But Love You’. as
their last single releases.
The group disbanded in 1979, around the time Van McCoy entered the
gates of soul heaven on July 6, 1979.
Faith Hope & Charity provided for music fans, a rich sweet soulful
sound that should be cherished to every degree and will be honored
in my opinion as the greatest underrated voices in the history of
Remember the name of Faith Hope & Charity!
(Chancellor of Soul)
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