Sincerely

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About Sincerely

"Sincerely" is a popular song written by Harvey Fuqua and Alan Freed and published in 1954. It was originally recorded by Moonglows, the group of which Fuqua was a member and Freed was the manager. The Moonglows' version reached number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 20 on the Billboard Juke Box chart. After it became known that Freed often insisted on songwriter credits for songs by bands he promoted (which partially led to his downfall in a payola investigation years later), Fuqua noted that Freed had in fact contributed to the songwriting for "Sincerely," and thus his claim to a songwriting credit in this case was legitimate. The best-selling version was a pop cover recorded by the McGuire Sisters, which entered the charts in 1954 and reached number one the next year. It was eventually certified as a gold record. In 1988, a cover of the song by the country quartet Forester Sisters reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 


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1962
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Sincerely, oh yes, sincerely
'Cause I love you so dearly, please say you'll be mine
Sincerely, oh you know how I love you
I'll do anything for you, please say you'll be mine

Oh Lord, won't you tell me why
I love that girlie so
She doesn't want me
But I'll never never never never let her go

Sincerely, oh you know how I love you
I'll do anything for you, please say you'll be mine

Oh Lord, won't you tell me why
I love that girlie so
She doesn't want me
But I'll never never never never let her go

Sincerely, oh you know how I love you
I'll do anything for you, please say you'll be mine

Oh say you'll be mine
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The Moonglows

The Moonglows were an American R&B and doo-wop group based in Cleveland, Ohio. more »

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Written by: HARVEY FUQUA, ALAN FREED

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, SONGBOOK MUSIC LLC D/B/A QUAZICAL MUSIC

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10 facts about this song

Chart-Topping Success
"Sincerely" was a massive hit for Harvey Fuqua and The Moonglows, reaching number one on the Billboard R&B chart in 1954.
Origins
The song was written by Harvey Fuqua and Alan Freed.
Popular Covers
After the Moonglows' version, the song has been covered by various artists including The McGuire Sisters. Their version also topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1955.
Regular Airplay
This song has been a staple of oldies format radio for many years, testament to its enduring popularity.
Group Formation
Harvey Fuqua founded The Moonglows in Louisville, one of the most significant R&B vocal groups of the 1950s.
Inspirational Sound
The Moonglows, including their hit "Sincerely," inspired many popular artists of the era with their melding of smooth harmonies and raw, emotive lead vocals.
Legendary Performers
After the breakup of The Moonglows, Fuqua became a songwriter and producer for Motown Records, influencing many top artists like Marvin Gaye.
Lasting Legacy
The Moonglows, and by extension, their hit song "Sincerely," were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, signifying their lasting impact on popular music.
Sibling Link
Harvey Fuqua's brother, Bobby Lester, was also a part of The Moonglows. Both of them shared lead duties on "Sincerely."
Iconic Style
The song exhibits the quintessential doo-wop style that The Moonglows were known for, with lyrical, yearning vocals set against a backdrop of harmonized backing vocals.

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