"Just the Two of Us" is a 1980 R&B single written by Bill Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald, which 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, behind "Morning Train (9 to 5)" by Sheena Easton and "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. The song won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.[1] Bill Withers recorded another version of the song which is included on a CD of his greatest hits.


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Cover versions[edit]Edit


Chart (1981) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. BillboardHot Soul Singles 3
U.S. BillboardAdult Contemporary Tracks 2

Toshinobu Kubota version[edit]Edit

"Just the Two of Us"
Single by Toshi Kubota featuring Caron Wheeler
from the album Kubojah: Parallel World Iand Sunshine, Moonlight
Released June 25, 1996
Format CDdigital download
Recorded 1991

1995 (re-recorded)

Genre Reggae (Kubojah version)

R&Bsoul (Sunshine, Moonlight version)

Length 4:28 (album version)

3:33 (single version)

Label Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Writer(s) Bill WithersRalph MacDonald, William Salter
Producer(s) Toshinobu Kubota, Ralph MacDonald, William Salter, Bill Withers
Toshinobu Kubota chronology
"La La La Love Song"


"Just the Two of Us"




Caron Wheeler chronology
"Keep On Movin' (Remix)"


"Just the Two of Us"




"Just the Two of Us" was covered by Japanese singer Toshinobu Kubota as a duet with Caron Wheeler in 1991, for his album Kubojah: Parallel World I. The song was credited as "Just the 2 of Us", featuring a reggae-style beat. In 1995, Kubota re-recorded the song, which appeared on his album Sunshine, Moonlight, with a more R&B-style beat. In 1996, he released the song as the second single from the album. The song charted at number 30 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart and remained on the charts for a duration of five weeks.[2]

Music video[edit]Edit

In 1996, Toshi Kubota and Caron Wheeler shot a music video for the song. The video setting takes place during the night at a party in Kubota's apartment. Wheeler watches the party from the fire escape of the next apartment building. The single version was used for the audio format of the video. There are also video shots of other musicians playing their instruments during the party, a group of elderly men playing cards outside the apartment on the sidewalk, and a couple dancing in another room of the apartment.

Live performances[edit]Edit

In 1996, Kubota included the song into the setlist during the Oyeees! Tour. During the tour, Joi Cardwell, who sang backing vocals during the tour, performed the song as a duet with Kubota. In 2007, Double performed the song the MTV Japan Icons Special. During the performance, Kubota walk onto the stage to complete the song with her.[3] In 2012, Kubota performed the song with Japanese singer Yuri, who was also a background vocalist during his "Party Ain't A Party Tour". The performance was included on his concert DVD "Party Ain't A Party", which was released in May 2012.[4]

It is noted that while Toshinobu Kubota and Caron Wheeler have recorded this song, they have never performed the song together in concert.

Formats and track listing[edit]Edit

  • CD Single[5]
  1. Just the Two of Us (Butcher Bros. LP Remix) (duet with Caron Wheeler)
  • Maxi Single[6]
  1. Just the Two of Us (Butcher Bros. LP Remix)
  2. Just the Two of Us (Smooth R&B Mix)
  3. Just the Two of Us (So So Def Remix)
  4. Just the Two of Us (Club Mix Radio Edit)
  5. Just the Two of Us (Street Mix) (featuring Fat Man Scoop and E. Bros.)


  • Toshinobu Kubota – Vocals, Producer
  • Caron Wheeler – Vocals
  • Dirk Grobelny – Engineer (for Butcher Bros. LP Remix)
  • Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo – Producer (for Butcher Bros. LP Remix)
  • Mike Patterson – Bass, Guitar, Piano (for So So Def Remix)
  • Brian Frye – Engineer (for So So Def Remix)
  • Terrance Wooten – Keyboards (for So So Def Remix)
  • Phil Tan, Shannon Houchins – Mixing (for So So Def Remix)
  • Jermaine Dupri – Producer (for So So Def Remix)
  • Fiona – Additional vocals [rapping] (for So So Def Remix)
  • Bert Price – Mixing (for Smooth R&B Mix)
  • Co'Dee – Producer (for Smooth R&B Mix)
  • David Darlington – Engineer (for Club Mix)
  • James Preston – Keyboards (for Club Mix)
  • David Darlington, David Shaw – Programmed By [Rhythm] (for Club Mix)
  • David Shaw – Remix (for Club Mix)
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