Significant Songs (184)

Love The One You’re With

There was a time when a popular group could get away with just using initials, and everyone would know who they were. Chicago Transit Authority became CTA, later changing to Chicago. Anybody knew that EWF stood for Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Blood, Sweat and Tears were also known as BST. Crosby, Stills and Nash became CSN, and with the arrival of Neil Young in that group, CSN&Y.

Formed in 1968, Crosby, Stills and Nash were one of the early ‘supergroups’, comprising of three men who had left other bands in order to work together. Crosby had been in The Byrds, Stills in Buffalo Springfield, and Nash was from the British pop group, The Hollies. They had instant success with their debut album, and developed a huge fan base.

In the early 1970s, it was common for members of groups to embark on solo projects too. Stephen Stills released his first solo album in 1970, and it earned him a gold disc. As well as backing vocals from Nash and Crosby, it also featured collaborations with Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. The biggest hit from that album, and released as a single, ‘Love The One You’re with’ became a worldwide best-seller, and was covered by many other recording artists, including the Isley Brothers. Despite being sold as part of the ‘Folk-Rock’ genre, I loved that song when I was 18, and still do today.

38 thoughts on “Significant Songs (184)

    1. Many people thought (and still think) this was cover of a CS&N song. (See Cindy’s comment below)
      His sound was so much a part of that group, his solo career was hard to separate from it.
      Thanks, Thom.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Took me a while to pick up that I knew it and then I cranked up the volume, sleeping baby or not! πŸ™‚
    BTW your popup cookie message thingy has disappeared after clicking ok πŸ™‚

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  2. Yes, another β€˜significant’ song, great tune Pete!
    I’m still working my way through your β€˜song/album list πŸ‘πŸ»
    We do have similar tastes, given the fact there is only a year difference in our ages it isn’t that surprising I guess

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    1. Thanks, Gordon. The main significance of this for me was that I was a dedicated soul boy, but couldn’t resist the harmonies of CS&N. πŸ™‚ Our similar ages will hopefully mean many ‘crossovers’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Funny how songs peg you at a certain time in life. My dad’s company moved our family to NY from NC (culture shock) and that was one of the songs that marked the transition for me.

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    1. Many thanks for the nomination, Eva. I don’t circulate awards as a rule, but I will happily answer the questions, by replying in your comments.
      Best wishes, Pete.


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