This is the signature song of Toussaint McCall, who was born in 1934 in Monroe, Louisiana. He played organ and sang. The vast majority of his songs were love songs, most likely because of his soulful voice. McCall may be remembered as a "one-hit wonder," but he doesn't sound like one. His voice is uncommonly affecting.
McCall released several albums and singles
from 1967 to 1970, but his biggest hit was the title song off of his debut album, Nothing Takes the Place of You
. The song is about longing for a lost love. The music is a bit pedestrian and is pretty much just background filler to showcase McCall's singing.
The B-side to the single, "Shimmy
," is exactly the opposite as the vocal-focused A-side. It's an instrumental that highlights McCall's organ playing along with some heavy percussion. In some ways it's a more distinct song than the A-side, even though it didn't leave much of a mark on history. The song's got a unique feel to it that would be hard to place in time if you just heard it pop on the radio.