I wish I could write some interesting factoids about the Passions, a Brooklyn, New York do wop vocal group that recorded from 1958 to 1963 and had a modest hit with the ballad "Just to Be With You" in 1959. It was a very modest hit: According to Joel Whitburn's Billboard book, it only got to #69.
The reason I don't know more about this group is because when I found this now-rare collection, it didn't have a front cover and therefore didn't contain liner notes. Boo! If anyone out there has them and feels like scanning them, let me know. But then I'd have to rewrite all this.
There is a short Wikipedia entry on the band. From that, I got that they were originally called the Sinceres and hailed from the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. More can be found here.
Here's a bit more info. According the the Billboard Bubbling Under chart book, the Passions also got to #113 in early 1960 with "I Only Want You," which is included here in two versions.
Now here is my own tidbit of info on the Passions, based totally on speculation. I wonder if the b-side of "I Only Want You," which was titled "This Was My Love" influenced the composition of a song of the same title recorded by Frank Sinatra. The Sinatra song was the b-side of his September, 1960 single "Nice and Easy" and came out nine months after the Passions' 45. It's a stretch, but could the guy who penned the Sinatra song, Jim Harbert, have heard the Passions single?
Both songs are similar enough that upon hearing the Passions tune, I took the time to research whether it was a Sinatra cover with which they took major liberties. It wasn't and it turns out the Passions was released first.
According to one source, the Passions' "This Was My Love" went on to become a "vocal group standard." Sinatra's "This Was My Love" was later recorded by him as "This Is My Love" for his 1967 album The World We Knew. It was also recorded by Bob Dylan during the sessions for his 1983 album Infidels -- which either leads us way off-topic or means Dylan was very distantly influenced by the Passions.
1. Just To Be With You
2. I Only Want You [Stereo]
3. Made For Lovers
5. This Is My Love [Stereo]
6. One Look Is All It Took
7. Oh Melancholy Me
8. You Don't Love Me Anymore
9. Lonely Road [Stereo]
11. Just To Be With You [Alternate Take]
12. Jungle Drums
13. I Gotta Know [Stereo]
14. This Is My Love [Outtake]
15. I Only Want You [Outtake]
16. Beautiful Dreamer