Music video by Luther Vandross performing Love The One You're With. (C) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
"Love the One You're With" is a 1970 single by folk rocker Stephen Stills. The first release off his first solo album Stephen Stills, it rose to the top twenty of the pop singles chart, peaking at #14.
Stills wrote the song after being inspired by the tag line -- "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with" which was a frequent remark by musician Billy Preston. Stills asked him for permission to use the line in a song which Preston immediately agreed to.
Songs the ninth studio album (tenth overall) by American R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross, released on September 27, 1994 on Epic Records. It produced the singles "Endless Love", "Always and Forever", and "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now". According to an interview both Luther and Mariah Carey had in Japan following their release of "Endless Love", there was mention that Carey had given advice as to what songs Vandross would cover in this album.
Songs earned Vandross four nominations at the 1995 Grammy Awards a.o. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Love the One You're With".
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