Grover Washington, Jr.

Just the Two of Us

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The only pop hit for Grover Washington Jr. - the man Bobby Hebb calls "one of the greatest saxophone players in the world" - came in March of 1981 off of his Winelight disc which was recorded in the summer of 1980 and released on Elektra Records. It was the unmistakable voice of Bill Withers which helped propel this to the Top 3, with the single staying on the charts for about a third of the year. This was also a departure for guest star Withers whose three other Top 3 hits from about a decade earlier were all hesitating soulful announcements - "Lean On Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me" - the titles telling the tale. On "Just The Two Of Us" Withers gets to display his voice in an uptempo pop format, with Grover Washington Jr.'s unique blend of "crossover jazz" helping establish his own name to those enamoured of the Top 40. It's a magical combination taking the composition written by Withers, Ralph MacDonald and William Salter to a world where rapper/actor Will Smith, Regina Belle, Carl Doy and many others found expression in this romantic melody.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Winelight 1980 Elektra 7:23
No Image 1983 Elektra
Anthology [Elektra] 1985 Elektra 7:22
Radio Daze: Pop Hits of the 80s, Vol. 5 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:59
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1981 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
Les Incontournables 2000 WEA International 7:17
Love Songs 2001 Rhino 7:25
Love Unlimited 2001
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 7:04
Songs From The Chillout Lounge 2002
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 7:01
80's Pop: The Best of Smooth Love Songs 2003
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 7:26
Peabo Bryson Presents Classic Soul Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
I Love You [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
Mum
Various Artists
Mum
Rhino 3:56
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 4:00
Top Hits/Ballads & Love Songs 80's & 90's
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 7:26