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Just Because I Really Love You: evolution of a groove.

  Below is a record of his that I’ve been getting into lately, “Just Because I Really Love You” by Jerry Butler, circa 1969.   This cut is super smooth and a great example of Jerry’s work on Chicago’s own Mercury Records with Philly greats like Thom Bell and Gamble & Huff (especially the cheeky background vocal at the top).  It’s the flip side of the hit record “Only the Strong Survive”.  It’s also the type of swoon-inducing record made for basement blue light parties.

The record was sampled by J Dilla for “U-Love” on 2006’s Donuts (and in 2002 by French hip-hoppers Hocus Pocus for “Conscient”.

The song was also recently covered (very sweetly, I might add) by Miles Bonny X the Ins. Jive on!