November 1973 – For The Love of Money by The O’Jays

November 1973 – a song popular in this month – For The Love of Money by The O’Jays

Often misinterpreted as a song celebrating the accumulation of money, it’s actually one of the more unadorned warnings about the sordid side of the mighty dollar.

Interesting facts For The Love of Money & The O’Jays

The songwriting/production duo of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff co-wrote this song with Anthony Jackson, who also played bass on the track.

The song was written at a time when the songwriters Gamble and Huff were reaping the financial rewards of their success, but also reconciling it with their spiritual beliefs (Gamble had recently converted to Islam).

The duo often wrote messages into their songs gleaned from their everyday conversations. On this track, they are very clear: “Don’t let money change you.”

It was the theme of the NBC reality series The Apprentice starring Donald Trump.

Tarsia tried recording the bass (with a wah-wah pedal) through the phaser. Gamble loved the effect, which provided a unique sound that made the song stand out on the airwaves.

When Trump ran for president in 2016, he used another O’Jays song, “Love Train,” at the Republican convention. This didn’t sit well with the group members, who denounced him.

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24 thoughts on “November 1973 – For The Love of Money by The O’Jays

  1. I must have heard that song – goodness hundreds of times but if never stopped and anylised it. Thank you for doing that and making it far more meaningful to me. Those lapels though …. !!!! 😄

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  2. Ironically, Trump also used “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during his campaign, without the permission of the Rolling Stones. Anyway, I love it when you feature 70s songs with interesting added info. Many of those songs I heard but never really listened to when they were originally popular–now it’s fun to listen and actually think about the lyrics.

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