Song of the Day: The Chi-Lites, “Have You Seen Her”

Yesterday, Maggie commented, “I always loved that combination of talking and singing in good R&B songs.” So I figured I’d find a few more.

The Chi-Lites, as the name implies, are from Chicago. Three of the four original members (Marshall Thompson, Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and Clarence Johnson) attended Hyde Park High School, the fourth (Eugene Record) attended Englewood High School, and their first record deal was with Chicago’s Brunswick Records. Their biggest hits were “Have You Seen Her” and “Oh Girl,” both of which reached #1 on the R&B chart, the latter reaching #1 on the Hot 100, and both earned Gold records. “Have You Seen Her” made it to #3 on the Hot 100. Here they are, performing “live” on Soul Train (which also got its start in Chicago, as did Don Cornelius, the creator and host).

14 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Chi-Lites, “Have You Seen Her”

  1. One of my favorite soul groups…love them…many of these songs were sad songs…made them more poignant.


  2. There’s also “Echo Valley 2-6809” by The Partridge Family, if you need an extra one. 🙂


  3. Ohhhh, I love the Chi-Lites! I chose “Oh Girl” for my harmonica continuation. How about Barry White? Elvis had some songs where he spoke, but I doubt he was ever on the R&B charts.


    1. As a matter of fact, Elvis made the R&B charts pretty frequently, even up into the Top 10. He even had a couple of #1’s, though the song I’m thinking of wasn’t one of them. Chuck Berry said that Elvis was a white man who sounded black, and he (Chuck) was a black man who sounded white.

      Barry White, for sure, will be there, and my brother suggested a fantastic song that I had forgotten completely. Stay tuned…

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  4. Great idea, John. Also thought of “Patches.” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and “Living for the City” in the same vain.


    1. “Patches” is fantastic, and I had forgotten all about it. I’ll use that for sure, and I have a couple more, so that finishes out the week. Thanks!


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