Just the Two of Us (Grover Washington, Jr. song)

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"Just the Two of Us"
Single by Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers
from the album Winelight
B-side"Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)"
Released1981
Recorded1980
GenreR&B, Jazz, smooth jazz
Length7:23 (album version)
3:58 (7" edit)
LabelElektra Records
Writer(s)Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald, William Salter
Grover Washington, Jr. singles chronology
"Winelight"
(1980)
"Just the Two of Us"
(1981)
"Be Mine (Tonight)"
(1982)
 
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"Just the Two of Us"
Single by Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers
from the album Winelight
B-side"Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)"
Released1981
Recorded1980
GenreR&B, Jazz, smooth jazz
Length7:23 (album version)
3:58 (7" edit)
LabelElektra Records
Writer(s)Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald, William Salter
Grover Washington, Jr. singles chronology
"Winelight"
(1980)
"Just the Two of Us"
(1981)
"Be Mine (Tonight)"
(1982)

"Just the Two of Us" is a 1981 R&B single written by Bill Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald, which was recorded by Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers. The song appeared on Washington's album Winelight. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and stayed there for 3 weeks, behind "Morning Train (9 to 5)" by Sheena Easton and "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. The song won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.[1] Bill Withers recorded another version of the song which is included on a CD of his greatest hits.

Cover versions[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1002
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles3
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks2

Toshinobu Kubota version[edit]

"Just the Two of Us"
Single by Toshi Kubota featuring Caron Wheeler
from the album Kubojah: Parallel World I and Sunshine, Moonlight
ReleasedJune 25, 1996
FormatCD, digital download
Recorded1991
1995 (re-recorded)
GenreReggae (Kubojah version)
R&B, soul (Sunshine, Moonlight version)
Length4:28 (album version)
3:33 (single version)
LabelSony Music Entertainment Japan
Writer(s)Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald, William Salter
Producer(s)Toshinobu Kubota, Ralph MacDonald, William Salter, Bill Withers
Toshinobu Kubota chronology
"La La La Love Song"
(1996)
"Just the Two of Us"
(1996)
"Body-Cation"
(1996)
Caron Wheeler chronology
"Keep On Movin' (Remix)"
(1996)
"Just the Two of Us"
(1996)
"Star"
(1999)

"Just the Two of Us" was covered by Japanese singer Toshinobu Kubota as a duet with Caron Wheeler in 1991, for his album Kubojah: Parallel World I. The song was credited as "Just the 2 of Us", featuring a reggae-style beat. In 1995, Kubota re-recorded the song, which appeared on his album Sunshine, Moonlight, with a more R&B-style beat. In 1996, he released the song as the second single from the album. The song charted at number 30 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart and remained on the charts for a duration of five weeks.[2]

Music video[edit]

In 1996, Toshi Kubota and Caron Wheeler shot a music video for the song. The video setting takes place during the night at a party in Kubota's apartment. Wheeler watches the party from the fire escape of the next apartment building. The single version was used for the audio format of the video. There are also video shots of other musicians playing their instruments during the party, a group of elderly men playing cards outside the apartment on the sidewalk, and a couple dancing in another room of the apartment.

Live performances[edit]

In 1996, Kubota included the song into the setlist during the Oyeees! Tour. During the tour, Joi Cardwell, who sang backing vocals during the tour, performed the song as a duet with Kubota. In 2007, Double performed the song the MTV Japan Icons Special. During the performance, Kubota walk onto the stage to complete the song with her.[3] In 2012, Kubota performed the song with Japanese singer Yuri, who was also a background vocalist during his "Party Ain't A Party Tour". The performance was included on his concert DVD "Party Ain't A Party", which was released in May 2012.[4]

It is noted that while Toshinobu Kubota and Caron Wheeler have recorded this song, they have never performed the song together in concert.

Formats and track listing[edit]

  1. Just the Two of Us (Butcher Bros. LP Remix) (duet with Caron Wheeler)
  1. Just the Two of Us (Butcher Bros. LP Remix)
  2. Just the Two of Us (Smooth R&B Mix)
  3. Just the Two of Us (So So Def Remix)
  4. Just the Two of Us (Club Mix Radio Edit)
  5. Just the Two of Us (Street Mix) (featuring Fat Man Scoop and E. Bros.)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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