The Sapphires were an R&B/pop vocal trio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that became famous during the mid 1960s. The group's core members consisted of George Gainer, Joe Livingston, and lead singer Carol Jackson, with a number of top session musicians that included, at various times, Thom Bell, Bobby Eli, Leon Huff, Joe Macho, Bobby Martin (May 15, 1903 - March 1983), and Joe Renzetti. The Sapphires recorded for Swan and ABC-Paramount before disbanding in 1966, and Jerry Ross served as the group's producer.
The Sapphires debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1963 with "Where Is Johnny Now," which was a minor hit. The group's second single and best known song, the Kenny Gamble/Jerry Ross-penned ballad, "Who Do You Love," became a Top 40 hit on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts in early 1964. Several other minor hits followed later that year that included "I've Got Mine, You Better Get Yours," "Gotta Be More Than Friends," "Hearts Are Made To Be Broken," and "Thank You For Loving Me." The Sapphires had another R&B Top 40 hit in 1965 with "Gotta Have Your Love," which was the group's final chart entry. This song features background vocals by Nick Ashford, Melba Moore, and Valerie Simpson.
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- Who Do You Love 1964
(This melancholy ballad, which was written by Kenny Gamble and Jerry Ross, is completely different from the Bo Diddley-penned song of the same name.)
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