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"Yearning for Your Love" is a ballad recorded and released by The Gap Band on Mercury Records. The single was the third release off the band's fifth album, The Gap Band III. Four different singles, each with a different B-side, were released in 1981.

"Yearning for Your Love"
Single by The Gap Band
from the album The Gap Band III
Length3:59 (single)
5:43 (album version)
  • Oliver Scott
  • Ronnie Wilson
The Gap Band singles chronology
"Yearning for Your Love"
"Early in the Morning"

The song became a modest hit on the US and UK charts when it was released; it arose to number five on the Hot Soul Singles chart and number sixty on the Billboard Hot 100. Written by Gap Band backing member/keyboardist Oliver Scott and keyboardist Ronnie Wilson, it was a romantic love song dedicated to Wilson's wife at the time and was performed by Ronnie's brother Charlie Wilson.



The song was markedly different in style from the past few hits,[1] with less emphasis on synthesizers, instead on "light slices of guitar, smooth keyboard pads and soft percussion". It is said Charlie's smooth baritone take on the song helped the song become influential to contemporary R&B singers such as Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill and Gerald Levert.


Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Hot Soul Singles Chart 5
U.S. Hot 100 Chart 60

Track listingEdit


  1. Yearning For Your Love/Burn Rubber[2]
  2. Yearning For Your Love/Humpin'[3]
  3. Yearning For Your Love/When I Look In Your Eyes [4]
  4. Yearning for Your Love/Oops Upside Your Head [5]


  • Lead vocals by Charlie Wilson
  • Background vocals by Oliver Scott, Ronnie Wilson and Robert Wilson
  • Drums by Ronnie Kaufman
  • Guitars by Fred Jenkins, Glenn Nightingale
  • Bass by Robert Wilson
  • Synthesizers by Ronnie Wilson
  • Keyboards by Oliver Scott

Cover versionsEdit

In 1989, French pianist Alex Bugnon covered the song from his popular album "Love Season."[6]

In 1990, Guy also covered the song on their 1990 album The Future.[7]

In 2001, keyboardist Kevin Toney covered the song from his album "Strut". The song featured Evelyn "Champagne" King on vocals.[8]


The song has been sampled several times including some of the following:


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Discogs
  3. ^ Discogs
  4. ^ Discogs
  5. ^ Discogs
  6. ^ "Love Season overview".
  7. ^ "Strut overview".
  8. ^ "Contempo October 2001".