On this day in music history: July 22, 1978 - “You And I” by Rick James hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #13 on the Hot 100 on September 23, 1978. Written by Rick James, it is the chart topping single for the singer songwriter and musician from Buffalo, NY. James had previously recorded for the label in 1966 as a member of The Mynah Birds, a band led by James and guitarist Neil Young. The recordings will be shelved when Motown finds out he is AWOL from the US Navy at the time. He will return to the label in 1977, signing with subsidiary label Gordy Records after playing his songs for Motown staff producer Jeffrey Bowen. Pairing him with engineer/producer Art Stewart (Marvin Gaye), the duo will complete the tracks James had begun recording at a small eight-track recording studio (Crossed-Eyed Bear Studios in Clarence, NY) near his hometown of Buffalo. James will write the song as an ode to his marriage with his then wife. Issued as a single in April of 1978, it is the first release from his debut album “Come Get It!”. will quickly become a fixture on R&B radio and the dance floor before crossing over to the pop chart. The success of “You And I” will drive sales of “Come Get It!” to Platinum status in the US.