Behind every great hip hop tune, there is usually a great sample and today’s song has been sampled in Shabazz Palaces’ new track, Shine A Light (listen to this in yesterdays post).
Originally performed by the Philidelphia r&b Singer, Dione LaRue (a.k.a Dee Dee Sharp), I Really Love You was first recorded in 1965 and released on the Cameo label. Dee Dee Sharp began her career recording as a backing vocalist in 1961, but less than a year later she had already began to record a string of successful chart hits, including: Slow Twistin’ (with Chubby Checker) which reached number 3 in 1962 (for which she was uncredited on the label), Mashed Potato Time, this reached Number 2, Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) hit number 9, Ride got to number 5 and Do the Bird reached number 10! Both Mashed Potato Time and Ride sold over one million copies each with Do the Bird Dee Dee Sharp’s only entry into the UK Singles Chart in 1963.
I Really Love You is brimming with a smooth, shimmering soulful sound, watch Dee Dee Sharp above.