Leo says about this song in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "I was still a singer/songwriter and so I had to find something I believed in. Then cool, it would be no problem. There was a lot of compromising but I liked Albert Hammond's songs and of course, Carole wrote "Groovy Kind Of Love
." "99 Miles From LA," "The Air That I Breathe
" and "It Never Rains In Southern California
" were all great songs, so I put on "When I Need You" and wow! My wife, Janice, was home in England and those were the words I wanted to say on the phone. To me it was like a blues, and we recorded it first with Booker T on organ and I did it like Otis Redding doing "I've Been Loving You Too Long
." It was completely wrong for the song, and we went back to how it was on the demo." In the final version the keyboards are played by James Newton and Michael Omartian rather than Booker T.