When We Walk Hand In Hand #RomanticTuesday

Sometimes success doesn’t come right away. Sometimes you have to pay your dues and keep at it, never giving up on a dream or goal. For the band L.T.D. it took six years before their first album was released, and another two before they had a hit record. That hit put the band on the map, and the lead singer on a path that would eventually lead to a solo career. The song that did all that is one of R&B’s greatest love songs, and is a true classic for fans of the genre. The song is “Love Ballad,” and the group is L.T.D. The lead singer was Jeffrey Osborne.

It would take L.T.D. three albums before they even had a single that made it to any chart at all. Their first two albums contained four singles, but none of them made a dent anywhere. It would be “Love Ballad” that put the band on a course for stardom, rising all the way to #1 on the R&B chart and a top 20 place on the Billboard Hot 100. Jeffrey Osborne joined the band as a drummer and co-lead vocalist with his brother Billy, though it was decided that he would become the primary lead vocalist around the time this song and its accompanying album, Love To The World, were released. He would go on to lead the band on several big R&B hits, including “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again,” “Holding On (When Love Is Gone),” “Stranger,” “Share My Love,” and “Shine On.” After 1980, he and Billy left for solo careers. The hits kept coming for Jeffrey, as songs like “On The Wings Of Love,” “Stay With Me Tonight,” and “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” climbed to the upper reaches of the R&B charts. At 68 years of age, Osborne is still performing today, even guesting on songs by smooth jazz artists Euge Groove and The Rippingtons.

But it was this song, describing a love that was unlike anything the singer had known before and how real it was, kicked things off for Jeffrey Osborne’s career, which has been going strong for over 40 years now. I hope you enjoy “Love Ballad,” I think it makes a great pick for #RomanticTuesday. As always, thanks for reading and listening.

29 Replies to “When We Walk Hand In Hand #RomanticTuesday”

  1. Hey Tracy – this is a great pick for today. It’s also been interesting learning about the background of Jeffrey Osborne. I have to say WOW! to the staying power of such musicians and their music. As I recall, he was on our top 10 sexiest male vocalist list. For me, he still is.😀

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    1. Thank you Chevvy! I saw him in concert many, many years ago when he was the headliner and Whitney Houston was the opening act. He sounds every bit as good now as he did way back then. And yes, I do believe he was on that list.

      I have no doubt he’d still be on your list—probably well back behind Ron Isley and Will Downing (who incidentally was in the area Sunday night, but I was not able to go).

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      1. Well, it was good to hear that he was still active at 68. But then again politicians become presidents over the age of 70 and here am I having a problem with getting older hahaha! I remember when I saw Quincy Jones in Montreux – I thought he looked so funky and cool and that I wanted to be funky and cool like dat when I grow up 😀
        I’d love to see Will Downing in concert. Jeffrey is still part of my top 10. I think this was the version of the song we shared in compiling our top 10.

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  2. I didn’t know that was Jeffrey on the lead vocals! Another teaching moment from T.Wayne. When I started listening to this tune, I thought I remembered it being more up tempo which is weird. This is a great tune! Thanks for bringing it back!

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  3. OK folks…this is where I show my ignorance. I know this song but always associated it with George Benson. What a delight to hear the original. Though a massive fan of George Benson, I think I like this version better. Jeffrey’s voice! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! And I think you answered Susan’s comment above, but I added the video for George Benson’s version in my reply to her. So now you get two for the price of one, uh none? Either way, thanks for the comment, and I’m so glad that you heard the original “Love Ballad.”

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