Bunny Sigler – 1974 – That’s How I’ll Be Loving You

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Bunny Sigler is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has done a lot of work with the Gamble & Huff production team. He was one of the key players in establishing the “Philly Sound” in the early ‘70s. As well as being a successful solo artist he has also worked with the likes of Stephanie Mills, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Billy Paul, The O’Jays and even The Roots.

“That’s How I’ll Be Loving You” was his third album and it peaked at R&B #27. The album shows Bunny at his multi-instrumentalist best playing Guitar, Bass, Organ and Sitar to name a few. “Love Train” is a cover of the O’Jays R&B and Pop #1 hit from 1973 and reached R&B #28. Backing on this track comes courtesy of Instant Funk and the TNJs. “My Other Love” has been sampled by the likes of Notorious B.I.G.

“That’s How I’ll Be Loving You” is a must for all Soul and Funk fans out there!

Tracks
A1
Things Are Gonna Get Better 2:58
A2
That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You 2:51
A3
I Lied 3:56
A4
Picture Us 2:35
A5
Love Train 7:06
B1
Marianne 3:03
B2
My Other Love 4:06
B3
Your Love Is Good 2:55
B4
What I’d Say 3:43
B5
Somebody Free 4:19   

After co-writing hits for Joe Simon (the 1971 million-seller “Drowning in a Sea of Love”) and the O’Jays (“Sunshine,” “You Got Your Hooks in Me”) among many others, singer/songwriter/producer Bunny Sigler was given the opportunity to record his debut album for Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records. The result, That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You, is one of the artist’s most beloved albums with MFSB and Instant Funk in fine form. Several of the album’s tracks can be found on a 1996 Sony Legacy CD The Best of Bunny Sigler: Sweeter Than the Berry and the 1998 Sony CD Bunny Sigler. “That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You,” along with Sigler’s first single, the soft, sweet “Regina,” is on the 1997 Sony CD set Philly Sound (1966-1976): Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff.

The brassy opener, “Things Are Gonna Get Better“, bops along enwrapped by a jovial vocal by Sigler.The doo wop-flavored “Picture Us” has one of Sigler’s most emotive vocals and soaring, angelic background vocals. Along the same lines is the richly arranged “That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You ” that says: “Till the stars fall from the sky/till babies no longer cry/that’s how long I’ll be loving you.” Sigler’s churchy ballad cover of the O’Jays‘ million-selling hit “Love Train” is absolutely beautiful, emphasizing the brotherly/sisterly love ethic of the song bolstered by Instant Funk and crisp harmonies by the TNJs. The steppers track “Your Love Is Good” opens with the popping sound of champagne being uncorked. Domestic disputes are given a rollicking, bluesy, brassy take on “I Lied“; listen for the mid-’70s gas shortage reference as the track fades. The gospel-ish ballad “Somebody Free” has the same heart-tugging appeal that Sigler evoked on “Always in the Wrong Place (At the Wrong Time)” from Let the Good Times Roll.

You can also enjoy his 1975 “Keep Smillin’” LP on our back pages here

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22 Comments
  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 09:51h, 10 September 2012 Reply

    Classic album perfectly marrying the deep soul of the early Philly group style with the more sophisticated approach that was to secure their longevity, I cannot rave enough about this guy. One of my favourite singing voices, an exceptional songwriter and arranger, this is definitely one of his best LPs (“My Music” being my personal fave). And if you doubt his credentials, just wallow in the majesty of his version of “Love Train” – taking the O’Jays pop hit to whole nother level. And the atmospheric mood on “My Other Love” characterising what I love so much about the man.

    Essential addition to the never-ending love affair here on FMS – thank you Nikos for all you have given in both time and effort to bless us with a golden era of music that will stand the test of time.

  • zobba
    Posted at 10:15h, 10 September 2012 Reply

    Thanks

  • Hotty
    Posted at 12:28h, 10 September 2012 Reply

    Nikos, really appreciate it! keep Spinnin’

  • rich
    Posted at 21:04h, 10 September 2012 Reply

    great album post nikos

  • Joker
    Posted at 00:54h, 11 September 2012 Reply

    wooooooo ♥

  • Dallas
    Posted at 09:39h, 11 September 2012 Reply

    I had it in an amazing collection still got most of my very original very rare lp’s

  • Zion
    Posted at 12:17h, 12 September 2012 Reply

    Oh Philly sound. Great LP.

  • Mymusic
    Posted at 22:52h, 12 September 2012 Reply

    A classic when real music was around. Listen and enjoy this great recording.

  • Apostolos
    Posted at 10:38h, 13 September 2012 Reply

    Never get tired with the amazing Philly sound. A must have.

  • Boston9
    Posted at 09:30h, 14 September 2012 Reply

    Sigler was under rated, it should have been a bigger hit record that year, it’s one of my favorites of his, he’s a super R&B singer, no question about that…

  • the grza
    Posted at 21:56h, 14 September 2012 Reply

    This shit is DOPE

  • ((99))
    Posted at 21:26h, 15 September 2012 Reply

    Love and respect from France 🙂

  • Adam
    Posted at 05:24h, 16 September 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the album. I enjoyed his other album as well.

  • Paul
    Posted at 09:04h, 17 September 2012 Reply

    What an incredible artist, I am obsessed with his music, it touches my soul.

  • Laurent
    Posted at 09:14h, 17 September 2012 Reply

    Way ahead of his time IMO….smokin producer/artist!

  • Ga67
    Posted at 13:06h, 18 September 2012 Reply

    Thanx again for another solid post, and a great share.

  • Folke
    Posted at 22:25h, 18 September 2012 Reply

    I enjoyed it all the way through. Keep it up, It brings a lot of joy to people.

  • Manuel
    Posted at 00:36h, 20 September 2012 Reply

    muchísimas gracias

  • Gazon77
    Posted at 14:34h, 20 September 2012 Reply

    I really enjoyed ‘Keep Smillin”. I am anxious to listen to this one. Thanks very much…

  • Raphy
    Posted at 22:01h, 20 September 2012 Reply

    Been away for sometime. This is a top shelf LP.
    Thanks. I grew up knowing this Lp and it songs even better than the classic ‘Smilin’ Lp

    Big Up!@!

  • George
    Posted at 13:50h, 14 October 2012 Reply

    Superb Soul.

  • Ran
    Posted at 16:33h, 20 November 2012 Reply

    Love me some Philly sound! Bunny’s voice is great. Love “Picture Us” and “Things Are Gonna Get Better” the most. Thanks!

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