One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1981 – Grover Washington, Jr.

“Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington, Jr.

“Just the Two of Us” 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. The song won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Grover Washington, Jr. (December 12, 1943 – December 17, 1999) was an jazz-funk/soul-jazz saxophonist. He did not have another hit after “Just the Two of Us”, but he remained an influence in smooth jazz, and is known for bringing Kenny G to the forefront

On December 17, 1999, while waiting in the green room after taping four songs for The Saturday Early Show, at CBS Studios in New York City, Washington collapsed. He was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 7:30 p.m. He was 56 years old. His doctors determined that he had suffered a massive heart attack.

He did leave us with this nice smooth hit:

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3 thoughts on “One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1981 – Grover Washington, Jr.”

    1. Was the album good? Last year my wife took a class on the history of Jazz. I followed along and got into it. I’m curious about Winelight now. I don’t have iTunes on this computer, so I’ll have to check out later and see if it is available there.

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