1971 The Isley Brothers – Love The One You’re With

1971 The Isley Brothers – Love The One You’re With 

Beginning in the fifties, an endless line of white artists had covered early songs by the Isley Brothers, especially Shout and Twist and Shout.

The band decided to turn the tables with their ninth album in 1971. Givin’ It Back included covers of songs by Neil Young, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Eric Burdon, and Stephen Stills. For the first time, the album included musical contributions from two younger Isleys (Ernie and Marvin) as well as their brother-in-law Chris Jasper.

Stephen Stills wrote, recorded, and released Love The One You’re With in November 1970. His single peaked at #14 on the Hot 100 in February 1971.

The first single from the Isley Brothers album was a cover of the song. Their cover came out a few months after Stephen’s record fell off the charts and it peaked at #18 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart in August 1971.

The Isley’s versions of Spill The Wine and Lay, Lady, Lay were their other two singles from that album. Both records reached the Hot 100 but stalled before they got into the top forty. The two singles peaked at #14 and #29 on the R&B chart.


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