The song was written by Arthur Brooks, Richard Brooks, and Jerry Butler and released in 1958. It was the first hit single for this group from Chicago, going to #11 on the U.S. Pop Chart and #3 on the R&B Chart. Group members for this record included Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Gooden, Richard Brooks, and Arthur Brooks.
Butler and Mayfield met while singing in church choir. They joined an R&B, doo wop group called The Roosters, of which Gooden, and both Richard and Arthur Brooks were members. They became Jerry Butler & The Impressions. Butler left the group soon after for a successful solo career.
Here are the lyrics to “For Your Precious Love” by The Impressions:
“Your precious love means more to me
Than any love could ever be.
For when I wanted you,
I was so lonely and so blue,
For That’s what love will do
And darling, I’m so surprised,
Oh, when I first realized
That you were fooling me.
And darling, they say that our love won’t grow.
But I just want to tell them they don’t know.
For as long as you’re in love with me,
Our love will grow wider, Deeper than any sea.
And of all the things that I want,
In this whole wide world, is
Just for you to say that you’ll be my girl.
Wanting you, I’m so lonely and blue.
That’s what love will do.”
The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.