“I’ll always love my mama. She’s my favorite girl.” One of The Intruders’ last big hit, “”I’ll Always Love My Mama” (R&B #6, Pop #36). Kenny Gamble’s mother Ruby, the inspiration for “I’ll Always Love My Mama”, died 10 March 2012 in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania, at age 96.
“You are appreciated” The song “Dear Mama” is a tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur. In the song, Shakur details his childhood poverty and his mother’s addiction to crack cocaine, but argues that his love and deep respect for his mother supersede bad memories. The song topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart for five weeks and also peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Mama knew love like the backroads” Singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton released “Mama Knew Love”, which can be found on his debut album “Coming From where I’m From” July 15, 2003. It debuted and peaked at number thirty-three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in October 2003 with first-week sales of 33,000 copies, spending seventy-six weeks on the chart.