For Your Precious Love

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"For Your Precious Love"
Single by Jerry Butler and The Impressions
B-side"Sweet Was the Wine"
Released1958 (1958)
GenreRhythm and blues
Songwriter(s)Arthur Brooks, Richard Brooks and Jerry Butler

"For Your Precious Love" is a song written by Arthur Brooks, Richard Brooks and Jerry Butler,[1] and performed by Jerry Butler and The Impressions in 1958. It was released as a single on Vee-Jay Records and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores and Top 100 charts. The song was ranked #335 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2010.[2]

The song has been covered numerous times with many versions reaching the US charts as well, including a new version by Butler himself, who peaked at number 99 on the Hot 100 chart in March 1966.

The 1968 version in South Africa by Durban group, The Flames, reached the top spot on the local charts[3] and has been considered a classic in the country ever since.

Other versions[edit]

The Flames, a South African Band in 1968.

  • Roy Meriwether covered this instrumentally, on the album “Soul Knight” (1968, Capitol Records)


  1. ^ ASCAP Title Search (title must be entered to search line)
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1968". South Africa's Rock Lists Website. Retrieved 10 June 2013.